Kristaps Porzingis Seems Excited About Teaming Up With Luka Doncic In Dallas

Kristaps Porzingis Seems Excited About Teaming Up With Luka Doncic In Dallas

While it's unclear what kind of commitment Porzingis will make to the Mavericks long term, ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski shed some light on what the 23-year-old's plan is for this season and beyond. What we do know is that Doncic has to be thrilled to have Porzingis in Dallas with him. They could be looking at as much as $75 million in room, easily enough to sign two superstars to max contracts.

Apparently, the death of the Dennis Smith Jr. trade rumors were a bit premature.

On paper, the trade looks like an absolute win for the Mavericks.

Porzingis has been sidelined for almost a year after tearing his left ACL. Then the Knicks will be set up to be big spenders - perhaps for two top players - in a free agent market that could include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and more. This should give them at least a slightly better chance at landing the top selection in the 2019 NBA Draft. Knicks GM Scott Perry later confirmed that Porzingis requested a trade. They still have their own draft pick and now own the worst record in the National Basketball Association at 10-40.

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Of course, the February game that saw Porzingis' demise was ultimately his last time in a Knicks uniform. Where Kristaps Porzingis gets TRADED less than one hour after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported he wanted out of NY.

He has not played this season, and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Signing the qualifying offer was a turn that few would have expected when the trade was initially reported. That's a lot of money to commit to someone with Porzingis' injury, potentially without seeing him play beforehand.

If the Knicks get a superstar or two this summer with all the cap space they opened up on Thursday, they'll be vindicated. While the team chalked up the six games missed being due to back soreness and an illness, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle later acknowledged that "business stuff" was behind the absence.

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