Kristaps Porzingis was meant to be the Knicks’ future.
Instead, he’s on his way to Dallas after playing just three seasons in New York.
On Thursday the Knicks sent Porzingis, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr to the Mavs in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round picks.
New York made the deal shockingly soon after Porzingis met with the team and “left franchise officials with the impression that he wanted to be traded”, according to ESPN.
Behind the scenes Porzingis has reportedly been frustrated with the Knicks’ propensity for losing for some time now, but the trade still caught most of the league off guard, including its players.
Here’s how they reacted when the news broke.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 31, 2019
— kuz (@kylekuzma) January 31, 2019
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) January 31, 2019
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 31, 2019
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 31, 2019
Here come the fireworks ! Lol
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) January 31, 2019
Prob a good time to turn on notifications and leave do not disturb mode
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) January 31, 2019
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 31, 2019
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) January 31, 2019
— Allonzo Trier (@ISO_ZO) January 31, 2019