Could the Knicks win the Kristaps Porzingis Trade?

01/31/2019

Within hours of demanding a trade, Kristaps Porzingis got what he wanted (Somewhere there's a Unibrow frowning in anger). On paper, the trade makes the Mavs one of the best team in the West upon Porzingis's return while the trade sends the Knicks back a decade. Porzingis was one of the most attractive pieces for the Knicks in terms of bringing in marquee free agents next season, with his exit it is difficult to see how the Knicks bring in top level free agents the likes of Durant.

However, the speed at which the Knicks were willing to make the trade brings along some suspicion. Namely, do the Knicks know something about Porzingis's health that we don't? It certainly wouldn't be the first time a team was willing to make a trade based on inside knowledge they had on a player's health, ask the Cavaliers how the Isaiah Thomas trade worked out for them. If Porzingis remains healthy, the Mavs are set up well for the next decade with their two best players in Doncic and Porzingis both under the age of 24.

It'll be interesting to see how things develop over the next two years.


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