There was a sense that there was not going to be one individual event this year aside from the draft lottery that was going to move the needle this season.
That all changed last Thursday.
In the span of about three hours, you learned first about Kristaps Porzingis’ dissatisfaction with the Knicks rebuilding plan and then of a blockbuster trade that sent their former first-round pick to Dallas.
Porzingis, along with Tim Hardaway, Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee, were traded to the Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith, Jr., two future 1st round picks and two veterans with no future with the franchise in DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews.
The reaction to the trade was overwhelmingly. Huh? What? How?!
Kristaps Porzingis is no longer a member of the New York Knicks, and was involved in a trade that basically brought the Knicks a return of 40 cents on the dollar.
The plan for the Knicks dramatically changed with one swift move.
So much for Porzingis being a great beacon of hope in the future of the organization. So much for Porzingis being the potential franchise player that will be a part of leading the Knicks back to NBA prominence.
The Knicks can only sell this trade one way: cap space.
With the Knicks pulling off this trade, they are now in a position to sign two max-contract players this summer.
We’ve heard this before, and trust me, I get it. But it’s the only way this trade makes sense.
To include a 23-year-old all-star in Porzingis in a deal that is basically a salary dump, you had better strike big in free agency.
If the franchise can deliver Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, my feelings towards this trade will change instantly.
Can Steve Mills, Scott Perry and the Knicks do something that hasn’t been done in quite some time? Can they land the difference-making, big-ticket free agent?
If they can, this trade will be remembered as a stroke of genius. If they can't, this will be a trade the Knicks will regret for a long time.
It’s all in for the summer of 2019.
Here we go again.
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