The New York Knicks transferred Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis, along with two other players, to the Dallas Mavericks this Thursday for a package that includes second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and future rounds of the draft, the Big Apple team announced. .
In the transfer, the Knicks also sent to the escorts Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee, with contract for the next seasons, to the Texas box in exchange for Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two first rounds of the draft.
Porzingis, seriously injured in the knee last season, was a restricted free agent this summer and the players that New York receives, except the promising Smith Jr., end their relationship in July.
Thus, the Knicks hope to have about 75 million dollars in the face of free agency to try to recruit two stars among Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard or Kemba Walker, who will decide on their future from 1 July.
"Considering the uncertainty about the free agency of Porzingis and his request to be traded today, we have made a swap with which we hope to have improved the franchise," said Knicks general manager Scott Perry in a statement.
The Knicks are the team with the worst record in the league, with a record of 10 wins and 40 losses, while the Mavericks have a balance of 23-27 and trust Porzingis and the Slovenian feeling Luka Doncic to return to aspire to the maximum in the next years.