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REPORT: Knicks finalizing trade to send Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks

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The New York Knicks have agreed to trade All-Star power forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. Early in the day there were multiple reports that Porzingis had informed Knicks brass of his issues with the team and its long-term plans. This was followed by reports the Knicks explore trades for him leading up to the deadline.

However, nobody expected a deal to be consummated this quickly.

First there was this:

Then there was this:

And finally we got this:

Boy, that escalated quickly.

Porzingis departs New York after an acrimonious three-and-a-half year tenure with the Knicks. Murmurs of discontent first emerged when he infamously skipped an exit interview following the 2016-17 season. Then-team president Phil Jackson listened to offers for the Latvian leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, but ultimately nothing came to fruition.

After Jackson’s departure it seemed that the relationship between the presumed franchise player and the front office had been repaired, but over the last few months, new murmurs of Porzingis frustration emerged. While many (myself included) dismissed this as negotiating tactics, clearly there was fire to go with all the smoke.

The Knicks will now be armed with beacoup cap space this summer.

Go big or go home, it seems.

Also, perhaps far more shocking was Shams’ final bit of news regarding the deal.

There had been veiled threats that Porzingis would take this route, but coming off of an ACL tear and turning down the type of guaranteed money he can lock in this summer seemed fanciful. It seems many (myself included again, so don’t ever listen to me idiots!) were wrong to doubt Porzingis’ conviction in himself.

The Knicks’ focus for the remainder of the season, barring any more unforeseen, Earth-shattering moves, will be to develop the remaining young core and prepare for the summer.

Get ready. Hot takes are coming.