Kristaps Porzingis is a Knick no more! The franchise superstar won’t be rejoining the New York Knicks once his torn knee ligament heals, after they made a sensational gamble.
Instead, he’s on his way to Dallas after a surprising trade the Knicks say the All-Star forward requested on Thursday.
The Knicks dealt Porzingis to the Mavericks in a seven-player swap that also netted New York two future first-round draft picks and possibly enough room to afford two top free agents this summer.
“As is standard for this time of year, we were exploring various options on potential trades,'” Knicks general manager Scott Perry said in a statement after trading the star, who has been sidelined for nearly a year with a torn ACL. “Considering the uncertainty regarding Kristaps’ free agent status and his request today to be traded, we made a trade that we are confident improves the franchise.”