Knicks-Mavericks Trade Overview


The NBA world was shaken this past Thursday when the New York Knicks agreed to trade franchise cornerstone Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, along with Tim Hardaway Jr, Courtney Lee and Trey Burke. In return, the Knicks received Dennis Smith Jr, Wesley Matthews  Deandre Jordan while also getting two future first round picks. So what does that mean for the Knicks?

Well, for starters, this increases the chances of the Knicks to get a high draft pick, which can be used to select highly touted prospects Zion Williamson, R.J Barrett, Ja Morant and Cam Reddish. Also, the trade opened up around $75 million in cap space, as they got rid of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee’s long term contracts for the expiring deals of Wes Matthews and Deandre Jordan. Also Kristaps Porzingis would’ve hindered their cap for high profile free agents,which they have been linked in having mutual interest, like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

We asked BHS students how they felt about the trade.

John O Connor said” The Knick lost this trade badly.  We lost our star player and he was the face of New York.  I don’t know why we traded Porzingis. Lee, and lock down defender Trey Burke.”

Mike Mkrtchian said,” I am okay with this trade because the future is bright.  We now have 2 first round picks and a chance to get Zion and sign 2 big players.  Im hoping for KD and Kyrie.”

If all the pieces of this trade fall into place,this can be a huge break for the Knicks. A generational talent in Williamson, two franchise cornerstones in Irving and Durant, and an already nice young core of players which includes Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson. Sign a few high end starters and role players,such as resigning Deandre Jordan or a J.J Redick type player,they’ve got a championship roster. For the first time in a while, I feel like I can say the future is bright in New York.