Mark Cuban’s love for European imports is undeniable. A German, Slovenian and now – a Latvian.
With Dirk Nowitzki coming to the end of his decorated career, including one regular season MVP and one Finals MVP, Dallas has their sights set on Kristaps Porzingis as the long-term replacement for the 40-year-old German.
After trading away two picks in 2018 to acquire the soon-to-be-named Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic, the Mavericks sent Dennis Smith Jr, Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan, and two future first-round picks (one protected, one not) to the Knicks in a blockbuster deal for Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke.
The 7ft3 Porzinigis was voted an NBA All-Star for the first time last season and was averaging 22.3 points and two blocks per game while shooting 39.5% from deep before he tore his ACL which ruled him out for the season.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Porzingis was upset with the direction the New York franchise was headed.
Reporting with @ZachLowe and @RamonaShelburne: In meeting with management today, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis expressed his concern with the losing, franchise direction and an uncertainty that a culture is developing that will enable sustainable organizational success.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
After this trade, the Knicks opened up $74 million in cap space, which could signal the coming of two supermax deals.
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