"There's no rush", Porzingis. "I'm still trying to be patient and doing all of the little things right but I'm excited because I feel great". It's been two days here, and they welcome me with open arms, making everything as easy as possible for me just to focus on basketball and rehab and coming back strong and being at my best. Dallas also got Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke in the deal.
The Knicks were convinced no team beyond the Mavericks was willing to offer cap space, a young player with upside and future first round picks. This further proves that Porzingis wanted out of NY.
Porzingis has strong pre-existing relationships with the 40-year-old Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks' rising Slovenian star Luka Doncic. Naturally, Porzingis was asked about the potential of the Euro duo several times.
Porzingis was selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, but played overseas for Sevilla in Spain from 2011 until he came to the United States.
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Mavs fans will have to wait patiently to watch Porzingis play with Doncic. That included Madison Square Garden - a day before the trade.
Porzingis, who tore his left ACL on February 6, 2018, hasn't played since and won't play for the Mavs until next season. "I didn't think when we drafted Dirk [Nowitzki] he was Larry Bird. I'll try to use every moment I have to bother him with some questions and some good stories that he has". The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since winning their only title.
"I see two guys who are going to put their own signature on their positions", Nelson said.
The Knicks made Porzingis available in the trade market in large part due to indications from his camp that he did not envision a long-term future in NY and was willing to make a major financial sacrifice this summer to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Even for Carlisle, it was hard to resist looking ahead. Next September seems like a long way away but time is flying.