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Knicks Trade Kristaps Porzingis to Mavericks

A blockbuster deal opens the NBA Trade Deadline season, 2019.

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The New York Knicks have traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks for short-term contracts and draft picks. The deal reportedly includes Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, point guard Dennis Smith Jr., and wings Wesley Matthews, Tim Hardaway Jr., Wesley Matthews, and guard Trey Burke.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke news of the deal. Other media soon followed with details.

Reports of the full deal:

Porzingis has not played this season, recovering from an ACL injury. It’s not likely that the players the Knicks receive in return will remain with the team past summer. Porzingis may be angling towards longer-term plans as well:

If Porzingis does sign the qualifying offer, he’ll play for $7.5 million next season, then become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.