Without much lead up, the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks have just executed a major trade. The deal, broken by NBA Twitter god, Adrian Wojnarowski will send the injured but talented Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for... not a whole lot actually.
New York has agreed with Dallas on trade that includes Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN. Players and agents are being notified of particulars. Deal may include more draft assets.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
The Knicks would receive Dennis Smith Jr. and the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews in the proposed trade, according to Marc Stein. The Mavericks will have to also take on the contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr. (owed about $36 million over the next two seasons, and then a $19 million player option) and Courtney Lee (who has another year on a deal that totals approximately $24 million).
So basically, a salary dump for Porzingas? Why on Earth would the Knicks even do this... oh, right:
The gobs of cap space gained probably more important in the Knicks pursuit of KD than the young piece, rehabbing from an ACL tear, they lost https://t.co/dUSXcjKjIF— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 31, 2019
Now, I’m not sure I agree that trading away your best young player for a bunch of expiring contracts is the kind of move that would make Kevin Durant say “yah, I want to play for THAT franchise!” But for the Knicks, the gamble is worth it. If nothing else, they’ll be in a position to say that they’re in the market for two max-contract level players.
For the Mavs? WOW. If he returns to any semblance of himself, pairing the 23 year-old Porzingis with young emerging star Luka Donkic is a gamble well worth chasing.
As a side note: keep an eye on DeAndre Jordan and Wes Mathews in the buyout market. The Golden State Warriors are in the market for either a wing or a Center so will be monitoring this situation with great interest.
I would circle DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews as two potential buyout players to keep an eye on. Players need to be waived by March 1 to become playoff eligible.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) January 31, 2019