New York Knicks: Trading Porzingis could be the beginning of a dynasty

Ross Houston
February 7, 2019

The 23-year-old Porzingis and his brother Janis, who is his agent, met with Knicks management on Thursday morning and discussed his frustration with the franchise's losing, its past dysfunction and his own uncertainty over creating sustainable organizational success, sources said. The Knicks popped up in the trade rumors, with Porzingis being mentioned as a possible part of a package for Davis. Noah only played 53 games in his two seasons with the Knicks and was once suspended 20 games for using performance-enhancing drugs before agreeing to a three-year, $37.8 million buyout.

NY dealt Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee along with Porzingis.

It's a bold move for the Knicks, especially considering that NY is no longer an attractive free-agent destination for numerous reasons Porzingis articulated to management before his departure.


NY has been a rumored landing spot for Durant should he opt out of the previous year of his contract with the Golden State Warriors this summer to become an unrestricted free agent.

Once that happened, they chose to trade the All-Star forward who was thought to be one of the key players for their future.

Dallas will be praised for being bold, just as it was when it acquired Doncic on draft night, and it will be impossible to judge New York's decision without seeing if the front office can actually convince superstars to come to play at Madison Square Garden.


Dallas is hoping to re-sign the 7-foot-3 Porzingis to a long-term deal this summer, and it is confident that Doncic and veteran Dirk Nowitzki - a player Porzingis grew up idolizing - can play significant roles in making that happen, a source told ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Unfortunately, Porzingis is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the middle of last season, and while his timetable to return is still up in the air, at least one thing is certain.

He recently worked out with a coach on the court for roughly 45 minutes.


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