Porzingis won't play for Mavs now; Cuban has long-term view


"There might be a time when I go into more detail about that situation, but right now I just want to focus on my new team, on the Dallas Mavericks".

The New Orleans Pelicans recently rejected the New York Knicks' trade offer for Anthony Davis that centered around Kristaps Porzingis, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday. He also gives his thoughts on Dennis Smith Jr., who is the centerpiece player in the deal for the Knicks.

In doing its due diligence, NY contacted the New Orleans Pelicans about an Anthony Davis trade in recent days.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban insists that keeping Porzingis out is not part of a strategy to tank this season.

In December, Knicks team president Steve Mills said the team was pleased with Porzingis' recovery from his ACL, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return. With Doncic watching from the back of the room, Porzingis expressed excitement about forming a long-term partnership with a playmaker he has been friends with since they were both playing professionally in Spain. "Kristaps and I have talked a lot in a short amount of time about how I see him being integrated into what we do", Carlisle said.

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But I can tell you this: In my discussions with rival team executives, I've heard from many more who praise the trade - believing the Knicks must have some promising inside information about their ability to lure the likes of Durant and Irving - than from those questioning how much the Knicks received in return. The Knicks gets two future first-round picks.

Porzingis has averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds over 186 career appearances.

Cuban made it clear the Mavericks want to make it hard on Porzingis to leave by helping build a roster around him and Doncic, the clear frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Porzingis had dinner with J.J. Barea after arriving in Dallas, and the Mavericks guard who is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon said Porzingis had plenty of questions about the 2011 title run led by Nowitzki and sparked in the NBA Finals by Barea.