Wait What - The Mavs Just Got Kristaps Porzingis

Wait What - The Mavs Just Got Kristaps Porzingis

Wait What - The Mavs Just Got Kristaps Porzingis

It may seem unlikely, but if the Knicks can use that cap space to secure Durant and Irving (or another top free agent), the trade won't seem almost as insane in retrospect.

The most intriguing player in the deal from the Knicks' standpoint is Smith, the point guard they passed on with the No. 8 pick in 2017 when they instead took Frank Ntilikina.

Smith was known to be unhappy with his role in Dallas, playing second fiddle to rookie phenom Luka Doncic. That provides enough space for two max slots in free agency, which will include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, among others.

Regardless, Porzingis will head to Dallas to link up with fellow European star Luka Doncic, who has been tearing up the National Basketball Association in his rookie season. Where Kristaps Porzingis gets TRADED less than one hour after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported he wanted out of NY. Smith was selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

In doing its due diligence, NY contacted the New Orleans Pelicans about an Anthony Davis trade in recent days. They are focused on playing their young players, so could look to move Jordan.

But they had two things working against them: Porzingis' health and his contract status.

Porzingis, 23, is now sitting out the 2018-19 season after tearing his ACL previous year.

Of course, the February game that saw Porzingis' demise was ultimately his last time in a Knicks uniform.

The Mavericks are hoping to re-sign Porzingis, who will be a free agent, to a long-term deal in the offseason.

Porzingis had a team option of $17.1 million that the front office would have assuredly offered him this summer.

Prior to his injury, Porzingis was on his way to becoming one of the top players in the league.

Porzingis can become a restricted free agent this summer and, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Porzingis plans to sign the qualifying offer this summer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. But they declined to give him a contract extension before this season - they say he was in agreement with that decision - and now by trading him and Hardaway seem instead to be gearing up to pursue players in free agency, with almost $70 million in cap space.

With those mitigating circumstances, Steve Mills and Scott Perry were never going to get 100 cents on the dollar for Porzingis. If they don't, they may have just set the organization back another half-decade.

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