The Dallas Mavericks have secured the talents of Kristaps Porzingis in a recent trade with the New York Knicks. However, Dallas were not one of the first options that the Knicks were planning on sending him and it wasn’t a place that was high up on Porzingis’s list of preferences.
Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, Kristaps Porzingis and his agent brother Janis Porzingis gave the franchise a small list of teams that he wanted to play for before his eventual trade.
"Janis Porzingis provided the Knicks with a list of four teams he and Kristaps had deemed acceptable trade destinations.
"The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers were among those teams, but Dallas was not on the list. The Knicks, meanwhile, were told Porzingis was prepared to leave the team and continue his knee rehabilitation in Spain if he was not moved by this week's league trade deadline."
According to Stein, two of the teams that the Knicks tried to trade Porzingis to was the Utah Jazz for Donovan Mitchell and the Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox. However, both trades were turned down which led to eventual trade with the Mavericks.
The two franchises may have had a fair bit of interest in Porzingis but nothing enough that would have had them giving up those particular players the Knicks were interested in.
Porzingis is expressing a much different opinion now than what he was before the trade, he seems very happy to be apart of the Dallas Mavericks and more than excited to move on to the next part of his career. The Mavs have been asking about Porzingis for quite a while now, so it sounds like they feel like he is the right fit for their roster.
The next question for the New York Knicks is can they land a big name star in the offseason that would have them making a big improvement in the standings.