Cuban says Mavs want Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic for long haul

Kristaps Porzingis SHOCKS Knicks in showdown talks amid Anthony Davis rumours

The New York and Dallas trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Texas was a big one, and so far, the biggest of this year's trade deadline that is rapidly approaching.

According to Wojnarowski, the Knicks tried to offer Porzingis before ultimately trading him to the Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr.

The press conference introducing Porzingis in Dallas (along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke) was insightful despite the fact that KP wouldn't slander his former team.

Porzingis, who tore his left ACL on February 6, 2018, hasn't played since and won't play for the Mavs until next season.

The Latvian will have his introductory news conference in Dallas on Monday but issued a short statement to his former followers in NY on Instagram.

In addition to his "Truth Will Come Out" message on Instagram the night of the trade, Porzingis wrote on the social media site Sunday: "The city deserves better than that". "My suggestion for Knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!"

Knicks GM Scott Perry said the Knicks were aware of Porzingis' displeasure with the direction of the franchise in recent weeks.

Now if the Knicks aren't able to land any star free agents this summer, I would let Jordan walk and go with Robinson and/or Luke Kornet as their starting center, so they can develop with their other young players.

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While Knicks President Steve Mills said Porzingis made it clear in their meeting last week that he wanted out, the fourth overall pick in 2015 said he preferred to discuss the future rather than dwell on the past.

"It's not a concern I have", Cuban said to ESPN.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban insists that keeping Porzingis out is not part of a strategy to tank this season.

Asked if that was true, Porzingis said, "Yes". NY added point guard Dennis Smith Jr., the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft, along with guard Wesley Matthews and center DeAndre Jordan.

He conceivably could become an unrestricted free agent in July 2020 if he chooses to sign his qualifying offer this summer and decline any extension offers from Dallas.

Matthews averaged 21.0 FanDuel points over 44 games for Dallas this season. numberFire's models expect him to record 14.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.0 triples per contest over the remainder of the year.

Porzingis expressed excitement about teaming with 19-year-old rookie sensation Luka Doncic, with whom he has been friends since they were both playing as professionals in Spain.

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