UPDATED Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. ET:
Here's a breakdown of "two future first round draft picks."
UPDATED Jan. 31 at 3:50 p.m. ET:
The Knicks have just made a major move with the trade deadline inching closer. Earlier today, disgruntled superstar Kristaps Porzingis alluded to the fact he wanted to be traded. The Knicks quickly obliged by constructing a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that would move Kristaps out of the Garden.
The team has acquired guard Dennis Smith Jr., center DeAndre Jordan, guard/forward Wesley Matthews and two future first round draft picks from Dallas in exchange for forward Kristaps Porzingis, and guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 31, 2019
The surprising name being exchanged for the former-Knick is Mavs center DeAndre Jordan. This is because Jordan is Dallas' most productive big man. But for Mavs fans who are slightly confused, there's no need to panic as each player involved will finish their season with their respective teams. It has been reported that Porzingis will sign the offer this summer during his restricted free agency.
This shows that Dallas is thinking about the future. By the time Porzingis signs, his ACL should be fully rehabbed and he will be ready to team up with rookie sensation and former euro-league rival, Luka Doncic.
Also included in the trade are Knicks Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway, Jr. for Mavs Weasley Matthews and Dennis Smith, Jr.
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In recent years, Madison Square Garden has been a dull, dimly lit shell of its former glory, with the Knicks' only bright spot coming from center Kristaps Porzingis. While he recovers from a season-ending ACL injury, it seems the franchise has shifted their focus from Porzingis in hopes of landing another superstar big man. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Porzingis has inquired about the team's direction.
Kristaps' concerns are rooted in the flurry of trade talks and rumors surrounding the organization. New York has been mentioned as the favorite to land Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent this summer, and they're actively pursuing center Anthony Davis as well as having their eye on freshman phenom Zion Williamson.
These discussions didn't go as planned as it has been reported that Porzingis has left the Knicks with the impression he wants to be traded. Woj hears the Nets, Clippers, Heat, Spurs, and Raptors are all "expected" to make a run at Kristaps.
The team is now looking to move the valuable front-court player before the Feb. 7 deadline.