In an absolute shocker, Kristaps Porzingis is on his way out of New York. According to multiple media reports, the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of a seismic deal that will send the talented young big man to Texas.
News of the two sides nearing a deal was broken by Marc Stein of the New York Times. Stein brought word that the Mavericks had raced to acquire Porzingis, who met with the Knicks and expressed displeasure about their current situation earlier on Thursday.
From there, Shams Charania of The Athletic got into the fun, saying that talented young point guard Dennis Smith Jr. would head to Manhattan in a deal.
To make things work out financially, Stein then reported that DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews would head to New York, with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee going to Dallas.
One key bit of news that came later is that the Mavericks would apparently be shipping two future first-round picks to New York in the exchange.
It’s a huge deal for both teams, as the Knicks receive a talented young point guard in Smith and an expiring deal in Jordan that lets them theoretically make major moves this summer. And of course, while it is unclear when he’ll be able to play, Porzingis and Luka Doncic are an astounding core for the Mavericks to build around going forward.