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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Report: ‘Shocked’ teams did not know Kristaps Porzingis was available

Kristaps Porzingis

The New York Knicks appear to have engaged in a fairly rushed process to trade star forward Kristaps Porzingis.

According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, rival teams have made it quite clear that they were “shocked” that Porzingis was available, and it appears that few teams were really able to reach out to the Knicks before the big man was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks.

In other words, the Knicks liked Dallas’s deal and, for better or worse, took it immediately instead of checking around the league to see if they could find something better. There could be a lot of reasons for this — maybe Porzingis had serious issues with the Knicks and they just wanted him gone — but it’s still odd. They weren’t right up against the trade deadline and could have tried to incite some sort of bidding war.

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