Dallas Mavericks: Analyzing the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade

By Evan Siegel
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks stunned the NBA world by acquiring Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks in a seven-player deal. Here is an in-depth look at the trade.

The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a blockbuster trade on Jan. 31. They will send DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and Dennis Smith Jr. to the New York Knicks in exchange for Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke. Two future first-round picks are also being sent to the Knicks.

The trade sees the Mavericks taken on over $30 million in salary for next year, essentially removing themselves from any major free agent moves in the summer of 2019. The Knicks, meanwhile, cleared enough salary cap space for two max contract players in free agency. Their organization needs to use the extra money wisely, though.

Future of former Mavs

DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews were throw-ins to the deal in order to make the financial side of the deal work. Jordan and Matthews are both obvious buyout candidates, while Dennis Smith Jr. appears to be a potential long term piece for the Knicks. Jordan, however, could decide to stay in New York given his ties to Kevin Durant, who the Knicks are widely known to be planning a pursuit of this summer.

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It is possible that a team like the Houston Rockets could target Wesley Matthews should he be bought out by the Knicks. Matthews fits the bill in Houston as a 3-point shooter who can also defend. The Rockets had success last season with Trevor Ariza in that role.

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