Two league sources on Sunday strongly contradicted Saturday's report by ESPN that the Knicks informed the Mavericks of a pending rape allegation against Kristaps Porzingis during the Jan. 31 call with NBA officials to finalize Porzingis' trade to Dallas.
"The word that was used was 'extortion,'" one of the sources told The Dallas Morning News on Sunday.
"The word 'rape' was never used, only 'extortion,'" the second source told The News.
That is a one-word difference between what ESPN reported and what The News was told, but the difference is significant. ESPN also reported that the "league was aware of the allegations," implying the pending rape allegation that emerged Saturday evening, first reported by The New York Post. The league sources who spoke to The News said the NBA was informed of the alleged extortion attempt by Porzingis' alleged victim several months ago.