Kristaps Porzingis was 'prepared' to leave US if Knicks didn't trade him

David Fizdale

If all works out, the combination of Porzingis and rookie phenom Luka Doncic could bring about a new era of contending for the Mavericks.

Porzingis said the plan all along was to sit out the season. "We're going to make the right decision".

No matter how you grade the trade between the Knicks and the Mavericks you can't be thrilled that "The Unicorn" Kristaps Porzingis is no longer a Knick. "I just wish they would've did it before we didn't play them anymore". And, of course, NY created tons of cap room for free agency this upcoming summer. But these two facts are worth noting: The Mavericks weren't among those four teams, and Porzingis didn't have a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning the Knicks held all the power in where he landed.

Porzingis probably won't get to play with the European star he grew up watching: Dirk Nowitzki.

While he is not expected to play again this season, the big man said he was feeling much better after tearing his ACL in February 2018. "I didn't think when we drafted Dirk [Nowitzki] he was Larry Bird. I'm excited to get back on the court as soon as possible", said Porzingis, a native of Latvia, who showed off his fluent Spanish during the press conference and spoke better English than most of the packed media crammed into the American Airlines Center interview room.

"I see two guys who are going to put their own signature on their positions", general manager Donnie Nelson said. "I hope we have a lot of time to spend together now that I'm in here in Dallas while he's still playing". "This is one of the most exciting times I think I've ever been a part of, having potentially two young players of their caliber for our fans to watch". Next September seems like a long way away but time is flying.

Following New York's 14th straight loss Tuesday against the Pistons, the new Knicks guard was candid with reporters when asked about the trade that sent him from the Mavericks to the team with the worst record in the league.

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