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Kristaps Porzingis And Mark Cuban Already Looking Towards Long-Term Deal

06 February 2019

Three days after he was traded from the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks, All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis suggested in an Instagram post that his ex-team's fans should "stay woke".

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.

Porzingis refused to address his departure from NY or rumors he was offered first to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

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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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Kristaps Porzingis And Mark Cuban Already Looking Towards Long-Term Deal