Just as the saga between Anthony Davis and the pelicans of New Orleans did more and more turns, it became known on Thursday morning that Kristaps Porzingis met with New York nicknames to express some of his frustrations and concerns about franchising.
This was followed by the message that Porzingis noted that his preferences should have been sold by the Knicks before February 7. Even before the dust had settled, the Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks reached a reported agreement.
The agreement requires Mavs to accept Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Porzingis, with Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan heading to New York. The trade caused reverberation throughout the league, and, in particular, attracted the attention of Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubak.
The trio was mentioned in rumors of a Los Angeles lakes trade in which Davis is involved, and each responded to the news that Porzingis was sent to the Mavericks.
– Kuz (@kylekuzma) January 31, 2019
Oh, my ..
– Josh Hart (@joshhart) January 31, 2019
– Ivica Zubak (@ivicazubac) January 31, 2019
Knicks, sending Portsingis to the Maves, allegedly deprives them of the opportunity to trade for Davis before the expiration of the next week. After Magic Johnson talked to Pelicans general manager Dell Demps, the Lakers reportedly presented many trading scenarios.
One of them offered to send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kuzma and Zubak to pelicans in exchange for Davis.
As for the Knicks, they took steps to free up enough payroll to sign free agents to maximize contracts this summer. This may be of interest to the Lakers, since Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving may be among those interested in signing a contract with the Knicks.
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