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Blockbuster trade season is officially here in the NBA. Per Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a trade centered around star big man Kristaps Porzingis. This comes after Porzingis met with Knicks brass earlier today about his role within the organization and how he felt about the team moving forward. Here are the full details of the trade:
Not having played since around the halfway point of last season due to a torn ACL, Porzingis has yet to play a game in the 2018-19 campaign. Scoring nearly 23 points per contest in 48 games a year ago at the age of 22, his extremely high ceiling enticed the Mavericks. Porzingis will team up with fellow European-born player and rookie sensation, Luka Doncic, in Dallas.
Also coming to Dallas are guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke. While Lee is 33 and has played in just 12 games this season, he’s only a year removed from being a 12 PPG scorer with remarkable efficiency from behind the arc. Burke had a solid bounce-back season in New York in 2017-18 and is currently posting averages of 11.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Those numbers swell to 20.3, 3.2 and 4.9, respectively, per 36 minutes.
The other main piece being welcomed to Dallas is Tim Hardaway, Jr. The 6th-year guard is averaging a career-high 19.1 points per game and is connecting on nearly 35 percent of his attempts from deep. While his efficiency from the field remains a concern (career 41.9% shooter), he’ll provide a spark to a Mavericks team that currently ranks 18th in the league in offensive rating.
Along with likely receiving draft compensation in this deal, the Knicks are getting back no shortage of talent in their own right. Former Jazz, Trail Blazer and (now) Maverick Wesley Matthews will join his fourth career NBA team. Although he’s converting on just 41.4% of his field goal attempts, over 6 of his 13 points per game are coming from beyond the arc. Shooting 38% from there this season, he’ll be considered a sniper on a Knicks team that shoots just 33.9% from deep.
Adding the league’s second-leading rebounder into the fold, New York will have an established lob-catcher and double-double machine in DeAndre Jordan. Also second in the league in field goal percentage, Jordan will patrol the paint and give head coach David Fizdale another low-post presence to work with.
Last, but certainly not least, second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is taking his talents to the Big Apple. Despite dealing with rumors surrounding his fit and future on the Mavericks throughout the season, the former NC State star has raised his field goal and three-point percentages from his rookie to sophomore campaigns. With a fresh start and new teammates to play with, the 21-year-old will spend at least the next season-and-a-half in Dallas.
- Per Charania, Porzingis plans to inform the Mavericks he intends to sign his qualifying offer in restricted free agency, remaining with Dallas through 2020 and becoming an unrestricted free agent after that season.
- New York could possibly end up with $74.6 million in cap space to work with this offseason, which could enable them to fit two max contracts on the books.
Stay tuned for more updates as/if needed.