The New York Knicks are being sharply criticized for seemingly rushing into trading star young forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks this past week.
It seems likely there will be elements of this deal - among the biggest trades the Knicks have completed in recent times - to chew on for years to come as both organizations watch Porzingis' and Smith's careers develop.
Departing Knicks player Tim Hardaway Jr. got a sweet farewell from a favorite restaurant, we're told. He spoke two days shy of the one-year anniversary of tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after a dunk against Milwaukee.
But multiple teams interested in making an offer for Porzingis said that they were unable to do so before NY traded Porzingis to Dallas, league sources said.
Immediately after the shocking trade was announced, one report suggested that other teams were surprised the Knicks made Porzingis available in trade talks.
In doing so, NY picked up some decent long-term assets, but also severely hurt its chances of trading for Davis, as Porzingis was certainly the top talent on the Knicks and someone whom the Pelicans absolutely would have asked for in return.
"We have a great relationship", Porzingis said of Doncic.
"When you try to think about how you want to build your team for the long term, you don't want to commit a max [contract] to a player who clearly says to you he doesn't want to be here", Mills said Thursday. In 2017-18, prior to the injury, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent on 4.8 3-point attempts. The move lends credibility to some rumors that have been floating around for months - the Knicks are all-in on free agency.