Cuban, Mavericks Have Long-Term Plan For Porzingis

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The New York Knicks are worth US$4 billion, making them the most valuable National Basketball Association team for the fourth straight year, according to Forbes.

It looks like the New York Knicks tried to acquire some big-name players in their pursuit of unloading Kristaps Porzingis.

Dallas also acquired guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.

When the Dallas Mavericks called in their trade for Kristaps Porzingis, the comparisons were unavoidable.

"The city deserves better than that". That is until The New York Times' Marc Stein did some digging to solve some of the questions Knicks fans may still have. "Peace", Porzingis wrote on his Instagram account.

The Knicks made the seven-player deal last week on the same day they said Porzingis asked to be traded. This further proves that Porzingis wanted out of NY. "That's obviously a lot of what this deal is all about".

Following the trade of Porzingis, the Knicks have assets to make a reasonable offer for Davis.

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Well, going back to the Mavs asking "about a hundred times" on Porzingis, the Knicks knew they could engage Dallas when Porzingis became available.

He recorded a triple-double for the Mavs in a commanding win over the Knicks on January 30. The only reason hands didn't shake that night was due to the meeting Porzingis and his brother/agent, Janis, had asked for on Thursday.

The Dallas Mavericks weren't on the list, though the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers were included.

The Knicks were convinced no team beyond the Mavericks was willing to offer cap space, a young player with upside and future first round picks.

"I get excited every time I think about it", said Porzingis, whose shares a pro background in Spain with Doncic. He could sign a qualifying offer for next season, opening him up for unrestricted free agency in 2020, but Cuban will probably try to lock him down on a mega-extension this summer.

It is way too early to say either team won this trade, with many scenarios that could play out this offseason to change that answer. The Steve Nash/Dirk Nowitzki of a new generation.

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