The New York Knicks unloaded one-fourth of their roster in Thursday's Kristaps Porzingis trade, sending the aforementioned player, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks.
Porzingis had dinner with J.J. Barea after arriving in Dallas, and the Mavericks guard who is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon said Porzingis had plenty of questions about the 2011 title run led by Nowitzki and sparked in the NBA Finals by Barea.
It is way too early to say either team won this trade, with many scenarios that could play out this offseason to change that answer.
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"I feel great, feel great, but as I said, we're taking our time", Porzingis said. And so it was with Cuban and Nelson. The Mavs, however, are confident that Porzingis will play in Dallas for years to come. "I didn't think when we drafted Dirk [Nowitzki] he was Larry Bird". Look I prefer to stay positive and look on the bright side but I liked KP in NY. "They wanted to package me, DJ, and Wes and send us over here". With Doncic watching from the back of the room, Porzingis expressed excitement about forming a long-term partnership with a playmaker he has been friends with since they were both playing professionally in Spain. He senses a quick off-the-court connection moving as swiftly on the court. It's been two days here, and they welcome me with open arms, making everything as easy as possible for me just to focus on basketball and rehab and coming back strong and being at my best.
How this all going to play out?
Porzingis smiled and said, "We're on the same page".
While that might be encouraging for Mavericks fans to hear, the time for Cuban to put his money where his mouth is isn't very far away. "In today's world of social media and things go a zillion miles an hour and we're going to blink and it's going to be media day in September 2019 and we'll be ready to go".