Kristaps Porzingis will make handsome music with Luka Doncic

Kristaps Porzingis will make handsome music with Luka Doncic

Kristaps Porzingis will make handsome music with Luka Doncic

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired standout big man Kristaps Porzingis in a trade with the New York Knicks, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Mavericks traded a first-round pick to the Hawks to acquire Luka Doncic, but the pick is top-five protected for the next two season, then top-three protected in the 2021 and 2022 drafts, and then unprotected the next year.

On paper, the trade looks like an absolute win for the Mavericks. They will have Lance Thomas and Damyean Dotson on non-guaranteed contracts, and they can decide what to do with those players after seeing how free agency plays out. He has yet to make his season debut due to an ACL injury suffered last season.

NY will receive second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews in the deal, as well as two future first-round draft picks.

The Knicks will get Dallas's next available first-round pick.

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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. With Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler potentially in play this summer, the Knicks have wanted to clear out enough space to go big-game hunting.

The Knicks (10-40) have the worst record in the National Basketball Association and are already going to get a high pick in the entry draft. In late December, the Knicks announced he would be re-evaluated in "late February". Porzingis reportedly plans on signing the team's qualifying offer of $4.5 million, allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent a year ahead of schedule.

However, Mills and Perry saw otherwise, noticing how often Porzingis was in the gym and how long he stayed when he did come.

NY will clear salary cap space for free agency in the deal in addition to adding Smith.

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