Kristaps Porzingis hurried meeting with New York after finding out about trade talks with Mavs
In one of the bigger moves of the past season, the New York Knicks decided to trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. In the days leading up to the deal, Porzingis held a hurried meeting with his agent to discuss the teams that he would like to be dealt to, according to a report from ESPN. Interestingly, the Mavs were not on his list of preferred destinations.
A look back at the story, as told by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:
The Knicks began gauging interest in Porzingis early in 2019. According to sources, New York offered the New Orleans Pelicans a package centered around Porzingis in exchange for forward Anthony Davis. But former Pelicans general manager Dell Demps showed little interest in that discussion, and the Knicks took that as an indication that interest in Porzingis might not be as high league-wide.
Porzingis and his brother, Janis, who serves as his agent, had planned to meet with management to discuss his future in January. Once the Porzingis brothers found out that the Knicks were discussing a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, sources said, they hurried a meeting the next morning and asked to be moved to one of four destinations: the Nets, Clippers, Raptors or Heat.
The meeting was brief, and the Knicks agreed to terms with Dallas before the brothers had returned from the suburbs to their Manhattan home.
Porzingis tore his left ACL after he fell awkwardly following a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in February of 2018. He underwent surgery a week later and was ruled out for the remainder of that campaign and the next. He’s since recovered, however, and he’s back in action with the Mavs.
In his 22 appearances with Dallas thus far, Porzingis has racked up averages of 16.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting from the field (33.8 percent from beyond the arc), 8.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.0 blocks in 30.2 minutes per outing.
Prior to Sunday’s 110-106 setback against the Sacramento Kings, the Mavs had won five straight games. Dallas will be back in action on Thursday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the Detroit Pistons.