The New York Knicks have made a number of questionable decisions over the years. The sending away of young star Kristaps Porzingis may be their biggest one yet.
After sitting out the 2018-19 season with a major injury, Kristaps made his much-anticipated return in October. He hasn’t disappointed so far, either, averaging 17.6 points and 9.5 rebounds on 33% shooting from beyond the arc.
To make matters worse for the Knickerbockers, the pieces they traded KP for are either out of the rotation or with another team.
In the package, New York sent Kristaps and Hardaway Jr. to Dallas for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, and Wes Matthews. Jordan and Matthews are no longer in New York, with one having signed with the Nets and the other lighting it up in Milwaukee. Dennis Smith, the only remaining member for the Knicks from that trade, is almost completely out of the rotation, averaging just 5.5 points per game on 32% shooting.
In the end, the franchise only really has two first-round picks to show for the deal. Obviously not ideal for a team that, no doubt, could have used a guy like Porzingis to lead the roster.
Unfortunately, this type of thing is nothing new for the franchise. They have long struggled to make any real traction in the East, mostly because they keep making mistakes like this.
Maybe next time, the Knicks will think twice before trading away the only semblance of a star they have.