Kristaps Porzingis was 'prepared' to leave U.S. if Knicks didn't trade him

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He was traded from the New York Knicks last week in a blockbuster multi-player deal, but the Mavericks were quick to say that they don't expect him to resume competition this season.

Once the Knicks chose to make Porzingis available to Dallas, the two sides' previous working relationship made the deal go through quickly. "My suggestion for Knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!"

According to ESPN, Porzingis was asked if he wants to play in Dallas for the long haul, Cuban interjected saying "I can answer that for you". The Pelicans will likely not be interested in trading with the Knicks due to New York's lack of assets.

He's already dreaming of the ways to use Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 center/forward, and his prized rookie phenom Luka Doncic, together as a one-two punch in the National Basketball Association.

Porzingis had been unhappy with the Knicks' direction for some time, and made his thoughts clear in a meeting with team executives Thursday.

Coach Rick Carlisle's focus is on trying to get the Mavericks back to the playoffs, even though the trade could be viewed as a surrender on the current season, particularly with the decision to sit Porzingis with Dallas four games out of the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

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Obviously, there were some underlying issues between the Knicks and Porzingis that worked to sour his relationship with the team.

Cuban interrupted a question for Porzingis on whether the player once considered the cornerstone of the NY franchise planned to sign long term with Dallas.

Porzingis, who will become a restricted free agent this summer, was asked if he plans to re-sign with Dallas.

Cuban said the Mavericks will evaluate Porzingis and develop a timetable for his return.

The Mavs deemed Porzingis' potential to be worth the price, considering him a franchise-caliber player whose game complements 19-year-old rookie star Doncic.

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