Knicks fans will not like first look at Kristaps Porzingis the Maverick

David Fizdale

David Fizdale

He will have his introductory news conference in Dallas on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

Kristaps Porzingis sent a parting message to New York Knicks fans after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks this week. As Cuban told ESPN last week, the Mavs expect Porzingis to sit out the rest of the season as he continues to rehabilitate the torn ACL in his left knee that he suffered a year ago.

Without further addressing the question, Porzingis followed up Cuban by saying, "There you go". "I feel bouncy and I'm ready to get back on the court". The Knicks did contact the New Orleans Pelicans about a potential deal involving Porzingis and disgruntled Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, but here was uncertainty about Porzingis' desire to play with the Pelicans long-term. Porzingis's rookie contract is due to expire, allowing him to become a restricted free agent. In 2017-18, prior to the injury, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent on 4.8 3-point attempts.

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

Anthony Davis Doesn’t View Celtics As Long-Term Destination
Davis will not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded, agent Rich Paul told ESPN . If Irving were traded, it wouldn't be the first time in his career.

The Knicks made Porzingis available in the trade market in large part due to indications from his camp that he did not envision a long-term future in NY and was willing to make a major financial sacrifice this summer in order to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

"When the meeting occurred this morning, we'd already been having many conversations with a number of teams", Perry said Thursday. "And I think Frank is comfortable playing with the ball or without the ball in his hands".

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