It's a bold move for the Knicks, especially considering that NY is no longer an attractive free-agent destination for numerous reasons Porzingis articulated to management before his departure.
"Our goal is to keep these two together for the next 20 years", Cuban said Monday as the National Basketball Association club held a press conference to introduce new acquisitions Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Porzingis will reportedly not play this season as he continues recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered a year ago.
Porzingis will have an introductory news conference in Dallas on Monday.
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If that comes to pass, the Mavericks will have just one season with Porzingis on their team before the Latvian hits unrestricted free agency in 2020.
"I'm excited to get back on the court as soon as possible", said Porzingis, a native of Latvia, who showed off his fluent Spanish during the press conference and spoke better English than most of the packed media crammed into the American Airlines Center interview room. Just another in a long line of Knicks fans' Phil Jackson laments.
Knicks GM Scott Perry said the Knicks were aware of Porzingis' displeasure with the direction of the franchise in recent weeks.
Asked if that was true, Porzingis said, "Yes".
There has been a strong disconnect between Porzingis and Knicks management in recent years, and it culminated in Thursday's meeting.
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We guess you could stockpile a few, or get friends and family additional codes as gifts, if you are feeling that generous. When responding to a commenter, PlayStation Blog's James Hallahan responded: "Adding them to your library will suffice".
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.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban insists that keeping Porzingis out is not part of a strategy to tank this season.
If the New York Knicks land the top pick in the draft, they likely would select Duke sensation Zion Williamson, which would be a big help in landing a top free agent.
Porzingis has averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds over 186 career appearances.
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Thirteen additional suspected cases were reported Wednesday, and some of those will likely be confirmed, Dr Melnick said. The outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in OR and Washington since January 1, with 11 more cases suspected.
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