Article by Zach Henley
On Thursday January 31st, Kristaps Porzingis met with the New York Knicks ownership about his future and the struggles the team has faced this season. When the meeting concluded, the Knicks got the idea that Porzingis wanted to be traded. Later that day, the Knicks agreed to deal Porzingis along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., two future picks, Wes Matthews and DeAndre Jordan. Porzingis, 23, has played his whole career in New York and his career average is 17.8 points per game. The 7’3 power forward has not played in a year due to a torn ACL injury. With trading their best player, the Knicks clear two slots to sign key free agents this offseason, with rumors about potentially signing Kevin Durant and/or Kyrie Irving. The trade also shows that the Knicks are tired of losing seasons and would like to change the culture in the locker room.
Another major trade happened before the deadline that included the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers sent Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and future draft picks in exchange for the Clippers' leading scorer Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott. With the addition of Harris, the Sixers have a starting five that could change the standings in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Clippers clear some space, so they could target Kawhi Leonard in the offseason. The trade leaves the Sixers very low on bench depth but a very good starting lineup. Harris, who is averaging 20.9 points per game, adds excellent shooting and defense along side Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Philadelphia might make some more moves before the deadline to help the bench, one name included was Wes Matthews of the New York Knicks. This trade sets up the Sixers very nicely in their goal to make a very far push in this years playoffs.
As the trade deadline comes to a close later today we are still left with a few lingering questions. The main NBA player that was on everyone's minds during this years trade deadline is Anthony Davis, and whether or not the Pelicans and Lakers can agree on a deal before times up. Unfortunately it doesn't look like that will happen so the Lakers will still have their young core for the remainder of this season, and we'll just have to wait and see where Davis will end up when other teams such as the Celtics can enter the into the mix later this summer.
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