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

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The New York Knicks trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks last week surprised many National Basketball Association experts and fans.

Once the Knicks chose to make Porzingis available to Dallas, the two sides' previous working relationship made the deal go through quickly.

Porzingis will reportedly not play for the Mavericks this season as he continues recovering from an ACL tear he suffered a year ago.

Porzingis will have an introductory news conference in Dallas on Monday.

"The city deserves better than that", Porzingis wrote. Nothing more. That may have provided disappointment, if Porzingis stayed, for those expecting his return before the 2018-19 season ended, but the Knicks weren't in contention, so it didn't make sense to return him.

On Sunday morning, Porzingis took to Instagram to share a cryptic message for Knicks fans, who will see their team back in action on Tuesday against the Pistons (7:30 p.m. ET - Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Pass add-on). Jimmy Butler could decide he doesn't want to see the Raptors, Knicks and Celtics four times each next season and find a new home in free agency - and whoever lands Butler lands one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association. The Pelicans will likely not be interested in trading with the Knicks due to New York's lack of assets.

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Even then, it seems that the Knicks sold Porzingis for pennies on the dollar.

The Knicks were looking for salary-cap relief and young players or future first-round picks in a trade.

Though he's headed for restricted free agency this summer, Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks won't be heading out of Big D.

Secondly, all four of the Bucks' starters outside of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo are pending unrestricted free agents.

Obviously, there were some underlying issues between the Knicks and Porzingis that worked to sour his relationship with the team. He also was averaging 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

"When you try to think about how you want to build your team for the long term, you don't want to commit a max [contract] to a player who clearly says to you he doesn't want to be here", Mills said Thursday.

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