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On Thursday afternoon, the New York Knicks traded their (currently injured) star rookie, seven-foot beast Kristaps Porzingis. It was an unexpected trade that stunned the basketball community and brought down some Knicks fans. Twitter conquered, as usual, the entire range of fan emotions. The long standing trouble Knicks have not won a championship since 1973 and since the 2012/13 season no more playoffs. When Porzingis was acquired by Pick 4 in the 2015 NBA draft, he was considered a rescuer, ready to pull the Knicks out of the doldrums. This future is no longer. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on January 31 that Porzingis was part of a 6-man deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The Knicks also get two choices for the first round, so it's not all bad.
New York has reached an agreement with Dallas on the deal, which includes Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan. Players and agents are informed about details. The deal may include additional draft credits. – Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
Do you think the Knicks fans were happy with the news? Let's check with them now, OH GOD.
Swapping the best player on the team in a decade, a limited free agent, for Cap Space seems to be incredibly stupid, but let's wait and see if it could be worse than that … January 3, 2019
I see many people say that Knicks had to do this because Porzingis wanted to get out. BS. Ewing wanted '91 out and Riley persuaded him to stay. You will not be released by someone like this at this age. A dark day. – Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 31, 2019
Had not looked much on Twitter today, and someone told me that he had acted Porzingis, and I almost fainted in the middle of the radio series – Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings), January 31, 2019
Some fans of Knicks may be looking for a time machine so they can file all phones at Knicks Headquarters so they can not get the deal at all.
Imagine taking some time for Mahcine this morning and trying to convince a Knicks fan that Enes Kanter still has New York's roster at sunset, but Kristaps Porzingis would not be … https: // t.co/Fd4hs1BtFV- Tommy Beer (@ Tommy Bee) January 31, 2019
Others believe that a conspiracy has started – Porzingis was reportedly traded after a meeting with Knicks management, leading to a raging reporting session. The change from "Porzingis could trade" to "Porzingis is traded". Was that too fast?
So KP went to a meeting, got angry and 35 seconds later the team had made a deal with the Mavs. Bullshit They leaked it to blame KP and bought it for a while, it seems. – ☕netw3rk (@ netw3rk) January 31, 2019
But … that could just be a Knicks trick, looking further into the future and creating a super team, right? LAW?
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This Porzingis trade means that the Knicks in this offseason have enough money to pursue two or even three new PR people to explain why they did not sign Kevin Durant – Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono), 31 January 2019
Fans of other teams in the league are considering what this means for them. Cavs fans are worried that this jeopardizes their ability to be the worst and, at the end of the season, will be the number one of the best results. Hawks fans feel bad. Spurs fans laugh because they think they've had the best international duo ever.
The Knicks traded with Kristaps Porzingis and are now the worst team in the NBA. I reminded the Cavs that they need to stop winning games to get Zion: pic.twitter.com/QaIEupLDkD – "Sir Yacht" (@SyrYacht), January 31, 2019
The Mavs are on the verge of having Porzingis and Luka for the next decade, and the Hawks are building a Poor Man's Portland here, and I think I'm getting ill. – Chase Thomas (@chase__thomas), January 31, 2019
The fans in Dallas seem understandably satisfied, and they should be. Although Porzingis is recovering from an ACL injury, he is still young and has plenty of upside potential. The combination with the youngest Dallas rookie Luka Doncic could accelerate the return of the Mavericks to the head of the West.
Luka Doncic and Porzingis – Chri $ (@ chrispisss) January 31, 2019
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will be the modern version of Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki and I'm here – January 25 (@MobSquadDF) on January 31, 2019
LUKA DONCIC AND KRISTAPS PORZINGIS. I can stand behind it. – Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 31, 2019
Sports news site SB Nation hit the nail on the head. Give us the picture we deserve, Dallas.
What a day. The NBA trading period is only a week away and ends on February 7 at 15:00. ET. This means that NBA Twitter still has enough time to melt, especially with the threat of Anthony Davis being traded by New Orleans.
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