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Who Won the Porzingis Trade?

My Answer May Surprise You…

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Who Won the Porzingis Trade?

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The New York Knicks have finalized a blockbuster trade that sends their star forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. Andrew Mark Wilhelm, fellow Turf writer, has already covered this trade; and please check it out here. But I’m here to tell you who won this trade, and to me, it’s quite clear. But before we get there, here is the deal in its entirety:

Mavericks Get: Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Trey Burke

Knicks Get: DeAndre Jordan, Wes Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., Two future first-round draft picks.

What the Knicks also get by making this trade is a lot more cap space for the 2019 offseason. The Knicks will have approximately $74.6 million in cap space, which definitely puts New York in a position to sign two superstars in free agency. The Knicks are in a position to sign at least one or two of these players this offseason:

So there are plenty of very good players who could be on the move this offseason.

If you ask me who the winner is in all of this, I would say right NOW, it’s clearly the Knicks.

Guys, think about the big picture here.

First of all, before this trade, the Knicks barely had enough cap space to sign one of the aforementioned listed superstars in free agency. Now they have plenty of cap space to most likely get TWO superstars on a max contract. Oh and by the way, the Knicks didn’t even have to give up their lottery pick for this year’s upcoming draft.

So, if the Knicks were to draw the #1 or even the #2 lottery pick, AND have enough cap space to sign TWO superstars, then yeah…I’m pretty sure giving up an injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Tim Hardaway Jr. would be well worth the deal that was done. And don’t forget, the Knicks get TWO future FIRST-round draft picks; one of them being protected.

Could the Knicks know something we don’t know

Now is there a chance that the Knicks fail to sign two or any superstars this offseason? Sure, of course. But when you trade, probably, your two best players to practically double your cap space, something tells me that the Knicks are confident that they will be able to make the big splashes they want to make in free agency this offseason.

Ask yourself these questions…

Let me ask you this: Would you rather pay Kristaps Porzingis a max contract or would you pay Kevin Durant and Kemba Walker a max contract?

Or how about this one: Are you more likely to win an NBA Championship with Kristaps Porzingis or both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving? How about Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler? Or really any of those two superstar free agents I listed before?

And remember when the Knicks failed to draft Dennis Smith Jr., and selected Frank Ntilikina instead? They should have drafted Smith Jr., right? But now the Knicks get him in this trade, and I know Knicks fans are saying “But yeah dude, but we had to give up assets to get him, and we could have simply drafted him.”

Yes…yes you could have drafted him, but the fact of the matter is, YOU STILL GOT HIM. You were able to get the guy you should have drafted. This isn’t “the one who got away” Knicks fans. It comes at a bit more of a price, but you still managed to get him nonetheless. SO QUIT IT.

I got more questions for you…

How often do we see a team fail to draft someone that they should have drafted but still eventually get him through free agency or a trade? It doesn’t happen as much as you think guys. Be glad you have Dennis Smith Jr…he’s good…he’s promising.

When was the last time the New York Knicks had enough cap space to sign TWO superstar free agents? When? Go ahead, take your time, I’ll wait…

Is Kristaps Porzingis a SUPERstar?

Now do you think Kevin Durant is a SUPERstar? Kyrie Irving? Kawhi Leonard? Kemba Walker?

Kristaps Porzingis is a star…but he’s not a superstar.

Skip Bayless, who I often disagree with actually, said the other day that Kristaps Porzingis is a star, but he’s not a SUPERstar.

I agree with him 100%. Go back and read my very first line of this article. Did I say Porzingis was the Knicks’ superstar forward?

And even if you can only get one superstar, the Knicks are in position to get one superstar and one star, and possibly either Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett in the draft. Can you imagine if the Knicks had, for example, Kevin Durant, Kemba Walker, and Zion Williamson? You think that would be worth trading away Kristaps Porzingis, who’s injured by the way, and Tim Hardaway Jr.? Yeah, I think so too.

Also, Kristaps Porzingis is 7’3. And not only is he 7’3 but he’s a player who plays on the outside, can shoot, and is considered a “slasher”. A slasher at 7’3. We haven’t seen too many players quite like Porzingis, and that’s the reason why his nickname is “The Unicorn”. But is that a good thing…or a bad thing?

We’ve seen several players throughout NBA history who were taller than 7’2, but had their careers cut short due to multiple injuries and fatigue. Yao Ming, Manute Bol, Shawn Bradley, and Arvydas Sabonis are just a few to name:

Yao Ming (7’6): Played 8 seasons; sat out the entire 09-10 season with a foot injury, and retired at age 30 due to injury.

Manute Bol (7’7): Played 10 seasons but only played in 19 total games over his last two seasons of his career.

Shawn Bradley (7’6): Played 12 seasons but was plagued by injuries and inconsistent play towards the end of his career. He started only 74 games…in his last four seasons. Retired at age 33.

Arvydas Sabonis (7’3): Played six seasons and then retired. He came out of retirement in 2002 but only to start one game for the Trail Blazers. His career was plagued by injuries as well.

At 7’3, Porzingis has already had a few injuries in just three years in the league. In his rookie year, he missed 10 games, 7 of them due to a shoulder injury. In his second year, he missed 16 games and was dealing with a sore Achilles tendon. Then just last season, Porzingis went down with an ACL injury just 55 games into the season and has since been rehabbing his knee. This trade is risky for the Knicks, but you mean to tell me that it’s not for the Mavericks???

The Knicks could be relevant for the first time in a loooong time

Guys, this is a NO-BRAINER. Again, the Knicks could absolutely positively f*** this up and sign NO ONE. But fellas…it’s the NEW YORK KNICKS. The current 10-41 New York Knicks…a franchise who has had THREE winning records in the past 18 seasons. They haven’t had a winning record since the 2012-13 season. So, this team doesn’t have much to lose. What were the Knicks going to do – sign Porzingis to a five-year, $150 million deal coming off an ACL injury? Do you think that puts the Knicks in a better position than they are now?

The bottom line is New York Knicks fans should be excited. They should be happy. Sure, this could be a good trade for the Mavericks too. If Porzingis can return to good form, he along with Luka Doncic (who I think is SENSATIONAL by the way) could make for a killer duo. But the Knicks are in a position to do extraordinary things and completely turn their organization around. You have the opportunity to sign not one, but TWO superstars on max contracts. When was the last time this franchise was in this sort of position?

Brighter Days Are Ahead

There are brighter days ahead Knicks fans. You currently are not nearly as good enough of a team to not roll the dice and shake things up. So, get excited…get giddy. Even if you don’t land any superstars this offseason, you are at least going to be free of bad contracts. Come on, you think DeAndre Jordan is really going to stick around after this season? I don’t think so.

So right now the New York Knicks are clearly the winner of this trade, and if they can manage to sign two superstars and ace their draft night, this may very well be the best thing the New York Knicks will have accomplished since winning the NBA Championship in 1973.

Matt lives in Newnan, Georgia but was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Celtics. At the collegiate level, he is a Notre Dame and Syracuse fan (yeah he can root for both, and what?!) He must, however, find a soccer team to root for. So him out there. All suggestions are welcome. You can catch Matt on the Turf mostly covering NFL, NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball, and Horse Racing (that is not a typo, he practically grew up on a racetrack). It's nothing's strictly sports.

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