Porzingis and his brother, Janis, who is also his agent, expressed their frustration with the franchise's losing ways, past dysfunction on the team and uncertainty over creating a sustainable, successful organization, Wojarowski reports. The Knicks and Mavericks have now finalized the trade.
The deal calls for the Mavs to receive Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Porzingis, with Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan heading to NY. Their protected first-round pick is now the Atlanta Hawks' after a trade for Luka Doncic.More news: Ariana Grande Tries And Fails To Fix Botched Japanese Tattoo
Porzingis is set to become a restricted free agent this July. Wojnarowski contested that report. The 7-foot-3 forward averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 48 games last season. The Knicks said in December that Porzingis' knee is making good progress in rehab, but they have not given a timeline for him to return to game action.
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Porzingis, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft, has wanted to play for a victor with the Knicks, but he has been searching for clarity on his future role with the team and the franchise's direction.
This was not the first sign of cracks in the relationship between Porzingis and the Knicks.More news: No final China trade deal without Xi meeting