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Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis is feeling good, but plan is for him to sit out the rest of the season

Kristaps Porzingis, Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks shocked the NBA world when they acquired Kristaps Porzingis in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks last week, but don’t expect to see Porzingis on the floor this season.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the plan is for Porzingis to sit out the remainder of the season as he recovers from a torn ACL he suffered last February.

The big man says he feels “great” and can’t wait to return to action.

Porzingis was originally selected by the Knicks with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, a selection that was met with immediate boos and contention from New York fans.

However, Porzingis instantly won the city of New York over after he displayed his immense talent during his rookie campaign, and it looked like the Knicks had finally found their first legitimate franchise player since drafting Patrick Ewing back in the 1980s.

But, as with most things concerning the Knicks over the better part of the last two decades, things did not go as planned, as Porzingis’ relationship with the front office began to sour after his second season, leading to the 23-year-old skipping his exit interview.

Porzingis then proceeded to tear his ACL midway through his third year, effectively ending his time with New York.

Now, the Latvian will get a fresh start and will have the opportunity to play with another young phenom in Luka Doncic. It certainly seems like Porzingis is excited to move forward. After those three years in New York, who could blame him?