Dallas Mavericks make the blockbuster trade with New York Knicks

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks fans were stunned on Jan. 31 when news broke of the trade with the New York Knicks to acquire Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Dallas Mavericks made the blockbuster trade fans had been hoping for since they draft Luka Doncic in June. Fans had questioned the fit between Luka and Dennis Smith Jr. They also had queries about how to best build the team around the Slovenian sensation.

That all changed with the trade on Thursday afternoon. Let Adrian Wojnarowski fill you in on the details in the Tweet below.

Talk about a blockbuster. The Mavericks acquire another one of the games young stars in Kristaps Porzingis plus a proven scorer in Tim Hardaway Jr. and capable starter in Courtney Lee. They gave up three starters, though. It is a massive move for both teams.

The Knicks now have their point guard of the present and future in Dennis Smith Jr. and plenty of cap space this offseason to acquire talent.

The Mavs have Porzingis entering restricted free agency after the season. He will be offered a max contract, but may sign the qualifying offer ensuring only one year in Dallas. They also have Hardaway Jr. for two seasons after this year making over $18 million. Lee is also under contract next season at $12.7 million. Dallas risked future cap space to go in on another superstar next to Luka Doncic.

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The Smoking Cuban will be covering this trade from every angle in the coming days so stay tuned for plenty more. We will be answering the question of when Porzingis returns from his ACL injury, how he fits with Luka, and what the trade means for the future of the Mavericks so keep it tuned here.