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Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis claims he has nothing negative to say about Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis, Mavs

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis faces off against the New York Knicks on Friday for the first time since New York traded him to the Mavs last season.

The game is in Dallas. Porzingis makes his return to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 14.

Speaking to reporters after Mavs practice on Thursday, Porzingis said he has nothing negative to say about his time with the Knicks:

Porzingis played three seasons for the Knicks before getting traded to the Mavs. He missed all of last season recovering from his ACL tear.

Porzingis has career averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 193 games with the Knicks and Mavs. He’s shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Dallas gave KP a five-year, $158.3 million deal this summer.

Through the Mavs’ first seven games of the season, Porzingis is putting up 19.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Dallas is 5-2, good for second place in the Western Conference standings.

It’s going to be interesting to see what type of reception Porzingis gets at Madison Square Garden next week. Knicks fans loved KP, but the trade might have changed things.

Dallas fans are happy to have KP on the team. Porzingis and Luka Doncic appear to be a promising young duo.