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Knicks spent January seeking out Kristaps Porzingis trades, asked about Donovan Mitchell and De’Aaron Fox

The New York Knicks spent January gauging the trade market for power forward Kristaps Porzingis, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Knicks even asked the Utah Jazz about shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and the Sacramento Kings about point guard De’Aaron Fox. Both the Jazz and Kings were unwilling to part ways with their young cornerstones.

The Knicks spent much of January quietly canvassing the league for potential Porzingis trades, according to a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to discuss them publicly. They tried for untouchables such as Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and, predictably, were rebuffed.

New York ended up sending Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for DeAndre JordanWesley MatthewsDennis Smith Jr., a 2021 first round pick and a 2023 first round pick which will be top-10 protected.

Porzingis won’t play this season for the Mavs, as he is still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered last season. It was a bold attempt for the Knicks to try and snag Mitchell from Utah and Fox from Sacramento, but there was no way the Jazz or Kings was going to trade for an injured player by giving away a young stud.