It appears the New York Knicks are going all in on making big moves in the upcoming offseason. News broke on Thursday afternoon that the Knicks were trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks, with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee included in the deal. That trade signaled that the Knicks were pulling themselves out of the running for Anthony Davis, but also helped them shed a lot of money for the summer.
The decision to move on from Porzingis seemed hasty, even considering the rumors that he was losing trust in the organization. With a return of Dennis Smith Jr., expiring contracts, and two future protected first-round picks, it’s hard to call New York the winner in this deal. However, as Zach Lowe of ESPN pointed out, the reason the Knicks made the move could be in part because of intel regarding Kevin Durant.
Durant is the prime free agent target of the Knicks for the upcoming summer, clearing that cap space was a big help in landing him.