By: Nick Pooler
Around mid-afternoon on Thursday, the Knicks pulled off a shocking move by trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. The full trade included the Mavericks receiving Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., the Knicks received DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, and a pick. With all of the big names floating around, Porzingis’s name did not seem to be at the top of the trade radar. The Knicks have been awful this season. Without Porzingis, they are currently 10-40 and have the worst record in the NBA. Here are some ways that this could potentially work out for both teams.
The Mavericks getting Porzingis to team with Luka Doncic could be a match made in heaven. But, losing three key players will hurt their team for the time being. Which is also a good thing for Dallas. With the losses expected to pile up with Porzingis still sidelined, they will more than likely receive a top 5 pick in this years draft. Teaming up that pick with Porzingis, Doncic, Hardaway Jr, and veteran leadership from Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes, Lee and JJ Barea could be just what Dallas needed.
As for the Knicks, they just cleared away the only chance they might have had at bringing in big names from free agency. But don’t worry Knicks fans, there is a bright side. This move cleared up cap space in order to sign two MAX contracts this offseason. More money should keep coming as well. Assuming the Knicks buy out Matthews and Jordan, and find a trade partner with Enes Kanter, the Knicks are left with Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mario Hezonja and a whole lot of money to spend. On top of all this, a huge chance at the number one pick in the draft. So there is a bright side, just hard to tell at the moment.
As for DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews, two potential landing spots for them could be the Trail Blazers and the Pacers. I see Wes Matthews as the perfect temporary replacement for Victor Oladipo to get them through the season, and I see Jordan as the missing piece to go with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in Portland. He will have to learn to play with fellow big man Jusuf Nurkic, but I still see that as a huge landing spot for Portland.
For now, we will just have to wait and see. As everyone knows in all of sports, talk is cheap.