Knicks tried to trade for Donovan Mitchell, De'Aaron Fox, per report

Kristaps Porzingis tells Knicks fans to ‘stay woke’

Cuban interrupted a question for Porzingis on whether the player once considered the cornerstone of the NY franchise planned to sign long term with Dallas.

When Porzingis, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, was asked if he envisioned signing a long-term deal with Dallas, Cuban responded, "I can answer that for you".

"Our goal is to keep them together for the next 20 years", Cuban said, interjecting himself again. It's been two days here, and they welcome me with open arms, making everything as easy as possible for me just to focus on basketball and rehab and coming back strong and being at my best.

The Porzingis brothers forced New York's hand, though, by telling the team Kristaps would leave for Spain to continue his rehab if he wasn't traded by the February 7 deadline.

Dallas also acquired guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, who negotiated the trade with the Knicks, described Porzingis and Doncic as players who "are going to put their own signatures on their positions", much like Dirk Nowitzki has done in Dallas for the past two decades. So when I hear that possibly Kristaps was not the main reason he's gone but his brother Janis' dislike of the Knicks could be the cause, I get a little upset. The 40-year-old Nowitzki set an National Basketball Association record by spending all 21 of his seasons with the same franchise. That included Madison Square Garden - a day before the trade.

Dallas has bet big that Porzingis can return to form and be an All-NBA level big man who plays 70+ games a season. "He's probably way ahead of the curve... he's way better than I was at 20". "I hope we have a lot of time to spend together now that I'm in here in Dallas while he's still playing". The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since winning their only title.

Kristaps Porzingis sent a parting message to New York Knicks fans after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks this week.

And Porzingis figures to be ready to play.

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