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Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors...


Feb. 16, 12:25 PM:

With All-Star Weekend underway in Charlotte, Davis told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy he is "focused on winning on this point of my career and wherever that may be." So why would he want the Knicks to be on his desired list?

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After the Knicks traded Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis two weeks ago, the team apparently is trying to distance itself from him so much that it doesn't feel the need to host Latvian Heritage Night.

The Knicks will no longer be holding the event, according to The Athletic. The celebration was originally scheduled for Feb. 24 when the Knicks host the Spurs.

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The Brooklyn Nets have been a pleasant surprise in the NBA this season. Seen as a team looking on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Nets find themselves in sixth place in the East (29-27), just a few hours before the NBA's trade deadline. 

The Nets' success has transformed them from a seller at the trade deadline to a possible buyer. Entering Monday's meeting, Brooklyn has gone 20-8 in its last 28 games and is fresh off of a successful January that saw the team post an 11-4 record and the fourth-best defensive rating (106.9 points allowed per 100 possessions) in the NBA.

The franchise has several paths it can pivot to as the deadline approaches...

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Although Knicks fans may have had their trade fill following the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster, there's still some time to go until the trade deadline with several possible directions for New York.

Here are a few of the directions they can go in by Thursday afternoon.

Anthony Davis

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking to reporters Wednesday night for the first time in over a week, Warriors star Kevin Durant ripped the media's recent coverage of him -- coverage where many speculated his silence had to do with the Knicks recently opening up two max free agency slots for this summer.

Durant had been largely silent since the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis, and recently went on a Twitter liking spree of users who were bashing an article that connected his silence to his pending free agency and the Knicks. 

When Durant broke his silence on Wednesday night, he didn't hold back...

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Mar 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks injured power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) waves to the fans before a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 13, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks injured power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) waves to the fans before a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It has been almost a week since the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks, yet more continues to come out about the details of his rocky relationship with the franchise. 

Per Marc Berman of The Post, Porzingis' brother/agent, Janis, wanted to have a bigger role with the Knicks, which included getting jobs within the organization for members of Porzingis' entourage. 

The Knicks had official positions for friends of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire during their tenures in New York, but nothing was ever done for Janis' requests. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

As Kristaps Porzingis lifted his new Mavericks threads during Monday's introductory press conference in Dallas, it was the official end to a crazy few days that saw the 7-foot-3 Latvian go from the Knicks' franchise star, to a disgruntled one looking for a new beginning, to the centerpiece in a shocking blockbuster deal.

The deal went down so fast that all the details surrounding the evolution of trading New York's franchise cornerstone were left merky. That is until The New York Times' Marc Stein did some digging to solve some of the questions Knicks fans may still have. 

Possibly the biggest question is whether or not the Knicks got the best deal for the 23-year-old Porzingis, who is almost a year out since he tore his ACL last season. It turns out New York was quietly poking around the league with Porzingis' name in trade packages for most of last month. They were looking to see if teams would part ways with their presumed untouchable players, like Jazz PG Donovan Mitchell and Kings PG De'Aaron Fox, but nothing came of it. 

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Aug 21, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; USA forward Kevin Durant (5) and USA center DeAndre Jordan (6) celebrate winning the gold medal in the men's basketball gold medal match during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. Mandatory Credit: David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports (David E. Klutho)
Aug 21, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; USA forward Kevin Durant (5) and USA center DeAndre Jordan (6) celebrate winning the gold medal in the men's basketball gold medal match during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. Mandatory Credit: David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports (David E. Klutho)

Now that the dust has settled from the Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis breakup, New York is shining a spotlight on its remaining assets to pursue one of the highest-earning basketball players in the world.

The Knicks seem to have their sights set on acquiring pending free agent Kevin Durant. Although the glamour for a nine-time All-Star to play for a New York team that enters Tuesday on a 13-game losing streak is nowhere to be found, the Knicks possess a key chip in DeAndre Jordan.

The two-time NBA rebound leader joined the Knicks in the package deal that sent Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. New York could flip Jordan to pursue another max contract player like Anthony Davis, ending up as the buyout candidate. But the Knicks may have other ideas for Jordan.

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Porzingis intro to Mavericks 00:01:57
Former New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke are introduced as Dallas Mavericks.

Kristaps Porzingis is just focused on the future. 

The former Knicks star was introduced as a member of the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke, but the 7-foot-3 Latvian had no interest in discussing why things went awry in New York that led to the trade

"The situation is what it is," he said. "I would rather focus on what's ahead of me than looking back. 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks seem to have their sights set on pending free agent Kevin Durant, and even before the Kristaps Porzingis trade that cleared space for two max free agents this summer, Durant (and his brother) were dropping hints that he could be on his way out of Golden State. 

After the Porzingis trade, Knicks officials are now reportedly "highly optimistic" that they'll land Durant via free agency. And Durant has been "nowhere to be found" in the Warriors' locker room after the last two games -- something Mercury News writer Dieter Kurtenbach finds odd.

"Durant is almost always around postgame -- he's usually one of the last guys to leave the locker room after a game," Kurtenbach wrote Monday morning. "But over the last two contests, he's been nowhere to be found. And you can't convince me that has nothing to do with the Knicks."

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Knicks president Steve Mills opened up on Sunday about the Kristaps Porzingis trade, going into detail about why the team felt it had to act quickly and what they needed in return.

While the Knicks have been criticized in some circles for acting as quickly as they did while trading Porzingis, Mills said the team didn't want to let things go beyond the Feb. 7 trade deadline out of fear that the team would lose leverage.

"We felt the 7th was really important because if we let this go beyond the 7th, the leverage completely shifted. We would not have control of the situation. We weren't sure what Kristaps was gonna come in and tell us. We didn't know if he'd come in and tell us he wanted to be traded, or he may have come in and said he wanted to do a one-year contract with a player option, which would then have made him untradable and he would have had all the leverage."

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Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

After bidding farewell to the fans, Kristaps Porzingis has been sounding off on social media since the Knicks traded him to the Mavericks Thursday in the deal that shook the NBA world. But his most cryptic message was posted on his Instagram story on Sunday morning:

"The city deserves better than that... My suggestion for Knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!! Peace"

It's not clear what KP is saying the city "deserves better than," nor is it clear why Knicks fans should be staying "woke." 

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Knicks look ahead after big deal 00:01:29
Knicks coach David Fizdale, forward Kevin Knox and center Mitchell Robinson look to future after the big Porzingis deal.

Knicks coach David Fizdale, forward Kevin Knox and center Mitchell Robinson all look to future after the big Kristaps Porzingis deal that sent the unicorn to the Mavericks. 

"It's been a whirlwind," Fizdale said Saturday.

Watch everyone's comments on the trade here.

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In the aftermath of the Kristaps Porzingis trade that sent him to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, it became evident that there was a divide between the All-Star forward and the Knicks. 

There was a Daily News report that Porzingis voiced his frustrations to his teammates and Enes Kanter, another disgruntled Knicks veteran, confirmed those frustrations following Friday's 113-99 loss to the Celtics. 

The 26-year-old center, who has also demanded a trade from the Knicks after having his playing time diminished, said that he spoke with Porzingis often -- including a summit at halftime during a game against the Thunder last month -- and added the 23-year-old was unhappy with how the team was treating Kanter. 

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Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The biggest return in the Knicks' trade of Kristaps Porzingis and other veterans with the Mavericks on Thursday was the nice chunk of cap space they freed up. It showed that the Knicks are throwing all their cards into an intriguing free agent class that could involve All-Stars like Kevin DurantKyrie Irving, and Klay Thompson to name a few.

Knicks fans are already looking ahead to a Durant-Irving duo at Madison Square Garden, as the team has the ability now to sign two max players. But does this strategy mean New York is out on the Anthony Davis sweepstakes?

Not necessarily...

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Fizdale discusses Porzingis deal 00:01:56
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale makes his first comments after Kristaps Porzingis was shipped off to Dallas.

David Fizdale has nothing but love for the Knicks' former Latvian baller. 

A day removed from the blockbuster trade that sent the face of New York's franchise, Kristaps Porzingis, to the Dallas Mavericks -- along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke -- the Knicks head coach began his press conference with appreciation for his athletes.

"I just want to start off by thanking the guys that are going to Dallas," Fizdale said. "They were unbelievable professionals for me. It's never easy for a coach in these moments because you get so attached to guys. You go through a season where you struggle. I miss those guys and I really appreciate their approach to helping us."

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`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Knicks (10-40) will play their first game after trading All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis (and Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke) to the Dallas Mavericks for two first-round picks, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan. The news of the trade emerged rapidly, after reports earlier in the day that Porzingis -- who has yet to play this year as he recovers from a torn ACL -- had met with Knicks management to express that he'd prefer to be traded.

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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Another wrinkle was revealed in the aftermath of the Kristaps Porzingis trade on Friday. 

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the 23-year-old All-Star was nearing the completion of his rehab from ACL surgery he had last February and was "essentially cleared to play."

Porzingis, however, was wary of how the Knicks would handle his potential return amid the team's tanking efforts, further dividing the rift between the 7-foot-3 Latvian "unicorn" and the Knicks' front office. 

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Jan 27, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) warms up before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 27, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) warms up before the game against the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Knicks' return in the Kristaps Porzingis trade didn't feel like the best package they could have gotten for the 7-foot-3 All-Star. DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews are expiring contracts that New York may want to trade or waive outright, and the two future first-rounders will come in a couple years. 

So the only true return that will impact the Knicks immediately will be 21-year-old PG Dennis Smith Jr., who the Mavericks have been shopping prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline.

Many Knicks fans will remember Smith being a top candidate to take two years ago with the eighth overall pick, but Phil Jackson's regime decided to go with Frank Ntilikina instead. Smith was taken with the ninth overall pick by Dallas right after Ntilikina.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after making a basket against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after making a basket against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks officials are highly optimistic in their chances of landing Kevin Durant in free agency should he opt out of his player option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.

The Knicks, who cleared enough cap space to sign two free agents to max contracts this summer with Thursday's blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade, are considered to have a "strong chance" at landing the 30-year-old former MVP.

Of course, that is reliant upon Durant opting out of his $31.5 million player option with the Warriors, who are seeking their third straight championship with Durant. A max deal with Golden State would be a five-year, $221 million contract, while a max deal with any other NBA team would be a four-year, $164 million contract.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Knicks made a stunning trade on Thursday that sent Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and two future first-round picks. 

While the trade sent shockwaves through the league, it also opens up the necessary cap space for the Knicks to sign two max contract free agents this offseason. 

This is how the New York back pages reacted to the trade: 

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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic looks to pass around New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic looks to pass around New York Knicks guard Kadeem Allen during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' roster is in a limbo after the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Upon Thursday's blockbuster trade with the Mavericks that also sent Tim Hardaway Jr. Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas, the players the Knicks received -- Dennis Smith Jr.DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews -- won't be cleared and in New York in time for Friday's game against the Celtics.

And considering Emmanuel Mudiay is dealing with a shoulder injury and Frank Ntilikina suffered a groin injury, who actually will play for the Knicks?

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Mills Confirms Porzingis news 00:01:05
New York Knicks president Steve Mills said on a conference call that Kristaps Porzingis said he didn't want to be a Knick anymore.

When news broke earlier Thursday that Kristaps Porzingis was unhappy with how the Knicks' new direction was headed and no longer wanted to be a part of it, many believed the Knicks wouldn't give in. 

But that's exactly what they did when they sent Porzingis, along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick and a 2023 top-10 protected first-round pick.

So why did the Knicks decide to grant Porzingis' wish? They had all the control with the Latvian a restricted free agent, no no-trade clause in his contract, and the fact that he still has yet to play since his torn ACL last February, making his value much lower than it may have been in the past...

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Knicks set sights on free agency 00:01:13
New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis and a few big contracts to open up cap space to sign two max contract players, but which ones?

After a rollercoaster day for Knicks fans, media and seemingly staff, the organization's best prospect since Patrick Ewing is now a Dallas Maverick, they have roughly $74 million in cap space to throw around this summer, and this city has gone *erases, scribbles* 0 days since the last melodrama.

A brief recap: Kristaps Porzingis was reportedly upset with the team's direction, aired his concerns out to management and wanted out, to which Scott Perry and Steve Mills quickly responded by flipping him, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, a 2021 unprotected first round pick and 2023 top-10 protected first round pick.

Got all that? Well, the timeline of all this transpiring is still fuzzy, and it's looking like the Knicks did not hold out for the best offer, try to reconcile with KP, or even salvage his trade value before moving on. That's okay though, because now the team is prime to sign two max deals (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, anyone?), or fall back squarely on whatever's left of this 10-win roster and what comes up of this year's lottery pick...

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The Knicks must have reason to believe Kevin Durant is coming to New York.

That's the only conclusion to draw from Thursday's shocking trade of Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.

After Porzingis and his brother, Janis, who is also his agent, met with the front office and expressed frustration with the direction of the franchise, the Knicks quickly sent him to Dallas along with some long-term contracts for a package headlined by second-year guard Dennis Smith, Jr. and two future first-round picks...

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The Unicorn is out 00:01:26
The Knicks are trading Porzingis to the Mavericks. The news broke shortly after Porzingis met with the team and voiced his displeasure.

The Knicks have agreed to a trade that will send Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Mavericks, the team announced on Thursday.

In return, the Knicks will receive Dennis Smith Jr., two future first-round picks, and the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews.

In an official statement released by the Knicks, GM Scott Perry confirmed that Porzingis did indeed request a trade, and the team granted his wish...

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Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14), forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Enes Kanter (0) react on the bench late in the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14), forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Enes Kanter (0) react on the bench late in the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The NBA world has been turned on its head with the Knicks and Mavs striking a blockbuster deal to send Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas. And, as one would expect, the Twitterverse exploded in shock to the surprising news.

The totality of the deal is the Knicks sending Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke to the Mavs in exhchange for DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, and a future first-round pick that can't be this season with Dallas not owning one.

So, without further ado, here are just some of the Twitter reactions from around the NBA on the big move, starting with Porzingis himself...

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Anthony Davis's trade request is the big news of the week for both the Knicks and NBA as a whole, for good reason. Davis is a once in a generation talent and clear-cut top five player in the league, and naturally someone of his caliber has reportedly piqued the interest of Scott Perry, Steve Mills and co.

But with what it will cost to acquire him and outside factors such as this summer's free agency, the list of potential rewards and drawbacks are as loaded as one of Brow's stat lines.

The obvious stuff first: Davis is a titan. He's averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks a night, his mere presence shifting defenses and leaving opposing scorers scurrying away like subway rats. Davis is a stalwart on defense, against any position. He chews up fake mismatches (when a perimeter think he's got an upper hand off a switch) for breakfast. The length, build and athleticism combination lets him cover ground and get to balls no human should be able to.

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Knox was snubbed, the headlines exclaimed. This is just more terrible and laughable news for the Knicks, the copy went on to tell you.

Relax, everyone.

No, Knox was not one of the 10 first- and second-year players chosen for the U.S. team for the Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend next month. And neither were fellow Knicks in those categories, including Allonzo Trier and Mitchell Robinson, and disappointing 2017 first-round pick Frank Ntilikina, who was a member of the World team as a rookie last season.

And none of them should have made it this year.

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With Anthony Davis making it clear that he wants out of New Orleans, and the Knicks having the assets to pull off a trade before the deadline, there's a buzz in the city that the star forward could maybe come to New York.

Even though the Pelicans could wait until after the season to make a deal, here are five possible Davis trades involving the Knicks (although he doesn't end up in New York in one of them).

TRADE 1: KNICKS AND PELICANS

  • Knicks get... Anthony Davis
  • Pelicans get... Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, 2019 first-round pick
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Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) leaves the court after a 115-111 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jan 26, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) leaves the court after a 115-111 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

A marriage between Kevin Durant and the Knicks has been a storyline since the regular season began. And many in the business believe it is one that can definitely come to fruition.

This summer, the Knicks are primed to completely revamp their franchise by adding a top free agent, high draft pick, or ideally, both. Durant will almost certainly be on their wishlist, and sources tell Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher that New York has "a strong chance" to entice him if he decided to opt out and leave the Bay Area. 

After winning two titles (and two MVPs to go with it), Durant is obviously going to want to find himself another contender if he does opt out. The Knicks obviously are not that team right now, but they could easily be next season with a few upgrades. 

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New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks may not be the favorites to land Pelicans center Anthony Davis, but they may have the best deal to offer. 

Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher writes that an informal poll of NBA executives and scouts believe that a Knicks package centering around Kristaps Porzingis would be superior than anything the Lakers could offer. 

A Western Conference GM says that the performance of the Lakers since LeBron James has gone down with a groin injury has hurt the value of some of their younger players. 

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Should Knicks get Anthony Davis? 00:01:01
The New York Knicks have the pieces for an Anthony Davis trade but could the Los Angeles Lakers swoop in and get a stud for LeBron James?

The Knicks are expected to be "aggressive" in pursuing Pelicans' Anthony Davis in a trade, but could they really pull off landing the 25-year-old All-Star. 

According to odds from BetOnline, the Knicks actually have a decent shot at landing the Pelicans center in 2019. 

The Knicks are slated at 11/2 odds to acquire Davis while the Lakers are the favorites at 5/4. The Celtics, which cannot trade for Davis until July 1 due to the "Rose Rule," are 3/1 odds that he will be playing for them next season. 

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Very few players on the Knicks' current roster appear to be safe from a potential trade. 

According to Marc Berman of The Post, the Knicks have explored trading "nearly everyone" on their roster with the exception of Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

It was previously reported the Knicks were actively shopping Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee. 

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Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, his agent told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and the Celtics and Lakers might already be at the forefront when it comes to a potential deal. But Wojnarowski also said the Knicks are prepared to be "aggressive" in pursuit of Davis.

"You're gonna see the Knicks try to be aggressive here now," Wojnarowski said Monday morning during an appearance on Golic and Wingo on ESPN radio. "If you're the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis is a player who New Orleans would have to believe they could re-sign if they traded for him. And he may not be open to that. So, if you're the Knicks, the best chance you have is getting the number one overall pick and being in a position post-lottery time where you could tell the Pelicans 'hey, you can have Zion Williamson, you could rebuild with him.'"

As far as the potential that Davis is open to signing an extension with teams other than the Celtics or Lakers, Wojnarowski said that "teams in New York believe that."

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale reacts during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

This summer's free-agent class will feature the likes of Kevin DurantKawhi LeonardJimmy ButlerKyrie IrvingKemba Walker and Klay Thompson, among others.

The Knicks, who currently have the third-worst record in the league, may not be the ideal destination for a free agent given their struggles, even if Shaquille O'Neal advocated for New York.

But that said, Knicks head coach David Fizdale has a message for all free agents.

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Perhaps there is a chance Kristaps Porzingis will indeed play this season. 

The Knicks forward did not travel with the team to London this week as he continues to work on his rehab and prepare himself to play this season. 

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David Fizdale talks about the current health of Kristaps Porzingis, and how he is looking forward to getting him back on the court.

David Fizdale could not even bear to look at Kristaps Porzingis in the gym. 

No, it is not because he dislikes the 7-foot-3 forward, nor was it because he did not like what he saw.

Quite the opposite, actually. 

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New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has missed 69 games since tearing his ACL last season. Friday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers will be Game No. 70, and that will impact his qualifying offer that could be his only route of becoming an unrestricted free agent sooner.

In missing his 42nd game of the 2018-19 season, Porzingis' qualifying offer would drop from $7.5 million to $4.5 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

The reason for the drop in Porzingis' qualifying offer is because Porzingis would need to meet the NBA's starter criteria, which requires any top-14 draft pick to play in at least 41 games or 2,000 minutes of that player's rookie contract.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks currently sit in the depths of the NBA standings, and with an early Kristaps Porzingis return likely out of the question, there's little hope for a miracle run at the postseason.

There's plenty to look forward to with young players like Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier impressing, a high draft pick on the way and, perhaps most importantly, a shot at a major free agent come July. It's no secret the Knicks are going to pursue a franchise-alterer like Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard.

But what if they say no?

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Does Kevin Durant tip his hand about possibly coming to New York and joining the Knicks?

It has been nearly three years since Kevin Durant first dubbed Kristaps Porzingis a "unicorn," but the Warriors forward will not be getting the chance to go up against the Knicks' mythical creature when they square off on Tuesday. 

Instead Porzingis continues to recover from his ACL surgery, which he had 11 months ago, but Durant offered some words of encouragement for the 23-year-old during Tuesday's morning shootaround. 

"I hope he recovers from his injury and gets to play the game that he loves," Durant said. "The fans in New York and his teammates love having him out there. I know how tough injuries are. Being away from the game so long can be tough ... hopefully he gets back on the court."

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan believes the Knicks need some star power. 

The owner of both the Knicks and Rangers spoke with reporters on Monday, and as the Knicks dropped to 10-31 with a 111-101 loss to the Trail Blazers, he said the difference between the two teams he owns is that the Rangers have a star in Henrik Lundqvist.

"If the Knicks had a Henrik, they'd probably be competing for a playoff spot," he said, per Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. "No Henrik, no playoff spot."

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

James Dolan believes the Knicks need some star power. 

The owner of both the Knicks and Rangers spoke with reporters on Monday, and as the Knicks dropped to 10-31 with a 111-101 loss to the Trail Blazers, he said the difference between the two teams he owns is that the Rangers have a star in Henrik Lundqvist.

"If the Knicks had a Henrik, they'd probably be competing for a playoff spot," he said, per Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. "No Henrik, no playoff spot."

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Before the Knicks take the Staples Center court on Friday to face off against the Lakers, let's flashback to last season for a moment. 

The Lakers began the year with a lot of change to their team makeup. Two rookies -- PG Lonzo Ball and F Kyle Kuzma -- joined Brandon Ingram as the young core of the team, while Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were also fresh faces to round out the starting five for LA. They were led by Luke Walton, who was in his second year with the team after coming over from the Warriors.

As many expected, there wasn't much success as the rebuilding project spearheaded by Magic Johnson continued to roll along. Now, there were spurts where the Lakers would beat opponents like the Rockets, Celtics, and Sixers. But most of the time, they tallied their games in the loss column.

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Forget about Kevin Durant or any other big-time free agents, the Knicks need to be careful they do not lose Kristaps Porzingis this offseason. 

Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, re-signing the 23-year-old is no sure thing and the Nets could potentially be the team to pry him away. 

Because the Knicks decided to forgo an early contract extension with Porzingis last year, he will become a restricted free agent this summer. 

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Forget about Kevin Durant or any other big-time free agents, the Knicks need to be careful they do not lose Kristaps Porzingis this offseason. 

Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, re-signing the 23-year-old is no sure thing and the Nets could potentially be the team to pry him away. 

Because the Knicks decided to forgo an early contract extension with Porzingis last year, he will become a restricted free agent this summer. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Enes Kanter-Giannis Antetokounmpo scuffle wasn't the only beef that was born in Milwaukee Thursday night.

After the Knicks big man and Bucks star got into a heated exchange during the fourth quarter of Milwaukee's 112-96 winKristaps Porzingis hopped on social media to rip the Bucks assistant coach who involved himself in the skirmish.

"That was some bs tonight!!!" Porzingis posted in an Instagram story late Thursday. "And that bucks assistant coach needs to sit his ass down before grabbing Enes like that. grab your own players not the opp. team. foh"

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Though Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis won't be re-evaluated from his torn ACL until February, teammate Lance Thomas sees how much Porzingis wants to return.

"He's working really hard, man,'' Thomas said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He's in there before everybody. He's there when everybody leaves. While we practice, he just has that itch. You can just tell -- seeing us compete so hard in practice. He comes to me and says, 'Man, I can't wait. I got the itch.' He grabs a basketball on the side and starts dribbling it. He's working really hard. I know he's very anxious getting back on the court."

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis looks on during a second half time out against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis continues to rehab his way back to the team, and has hopes of returning this season. And he has Kobe Bryant on his side.

As an early Christmas gift, Bryant sent his new book "The Mamba Mentality: How I Play," and added a special message to his autograph.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE IT

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant between plays against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Perhaps someone should take down the Kevin Durant billboard outside Madison Square Garden. 

Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks brass no longer feels they need to make a big free agent splash in the summer of 2019. 

Instead, the Knicks have deemed adding a top-five lottery pick, developing their rookies and young players as well as easing Kristaps Porzingis back into action as larger priorities. 

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