Knicks say Kristaps Porzingis did not want to be part of team

Luka Doncic’s future superstardom to DSJ’s franchise question mark checking in on every Maverick

The Mavericks have agreed to acquire Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis in a blockbuster trade, according to ESPN. Let Adrian Wojnarowski fill you in on the details in the Tweet below.

It appears Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic had an idea that the Mavs were on the verge of trading for Kristaps Porzingis.

"We started to get a feel, we could see that he wasn't completely buying into what we were trying to do", Knicks president Steve Mills said.

That money will be owed to recent first-rounders including Dennis Smith Jr.

News broke earlier Thursday that the 23-year-old met with Knicks management to discuss the direction the franchise was headed.

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The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft and once was expected to be the Knicks' franchise player for years.

It may seem unlikely, but if the Knicks can use that cap space to secure Durant and Irving (or another top free agent), the trade won't seem almost as insane in retrospect.

Opposing teams expect the Knicks to be aggressive in pursuing the top free agents in the coming offseason, a group that includes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving. Additionally, ESPN is also reporting that Dallas is looking to acquire a first-round draft pick from NY as well. This also firmly re-aligns the Mavericks timeline around opening a window to contention in two to three years which clarifies all sorts of other impending decisions they'll have to make about their roster. He wasn't scheduled to be re-evaluated until mid-February.

He's set to become a restricted free agent this summer after the Knicks declined to sign him to an extension before the deadline. But they declined to give him a contract extension before this season - they say he was in agreement with that decision - and now by trading him and Hardaway seem instead to be gearing up to pursue players in free agency, with almost $70 million in cap space. He was reported in December to be "healing well, " but has been the subject of conflicting reports as to his return.

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