The Knicks parted ways on Thursday with the man many in the Big Apple thought would be the savior of the city and franchise.
The team sent Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to Dallas in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round picks.
Just days earlier, the Knicks were rumored to be considering a swap involving Porzingis and Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Instead, the Knicks made a move with Dallas, which has many saying New York came out on top. Now, the focus shifts to the future for NY.
The Knicks are on way toward creating 2 max salary slots for next summer. When today started they didn’t even have space for 1. They are preparing to swing big.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 31, 2019
Failure to lure at least one of the top free agents to Madison Square Garden this summer should be treated as a major failure by the organization.
The team absolutely needs to sign a pair of those star players if they want to keep their fans content. The loss of Porzingis will hurt the NY faithful in the immediate scheme of things, but if the Knicks play their cards right in free agency, excitement can return to MSG.
The Knicks just traded their most promising player in decades -- IN DECADES -- essentially as a SALARY DUMP. To *maybe* get a top-tier free agent.— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 31, 2019
While *also* taking themselves out of the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. Amazing.
On top of their two marquee signing options, the 10-40 Knicks are also in the hunt to land the No. 1 overall pick, which they would undoubtedly use to add Zion Williamson.
Things could get very bright soon in New York, or they could actually get far, far worse. It was a gamble by the franchise, and as with many trades, only time will tell if it pays off.