Porzingis reportedly met with the Knicks organization on Thursday and "left the impression" that he wanted to be traded, according to ESPN reports. The Knicks are also getting a first-round pick for the 2021 NBA Draft, along with another draft pick for 2023. Both of those selections are unprotected.
The Mavericks have every intention of re-signing Porzingis, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, as he is expected to fill the void that Dirk Nowitzki is leaving with his retirement. The two teams did battle at Madison Square Garden, where the Mavs blew out the Knicks. Nowitzki had a season-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting on the night.
Porzingis is still recovering from an ACL injury, but was averaging a career-high 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks when he went down right before the 2017-2018 All-Star break. He is joined in Dallas by Hardaway, who is at 19.1 points per game this season, but the 26-year-old is due to make $18.2 million next season, which was a major reason why the team dealt him. His former Michigan Wolverines teammate, Burke, is averaging a nice 11.1 points, and is following Hardaway to the Mavs. The 33-year-old Lee is owed $12.8 million next season, but is struggling after averaging 12.0 points per game a season ago.
The 10-40 Knicks get Smith, who is averaging 12.9 points and 4.3 assists, Matthews, who is at 13.1 points per game in 44 starts this year, and Jordan, who is averaging 11.0 points and 13.7 rebounds in his lone season with Dallas. New York is still attempting to trade away Enes Kanter, as they will move on to pursue the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Kyrie Irving this off-season. The Mavericks are just 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the West at 23-27, and will debut their new players on Saturday in Cleveland against the Cavaliers after playing short-handed on Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.