The Dallas Mavericks were aware of the rape allegation Kristaps Porzingis was facing before acquiring him in a January trade, according to a report.
News emerged on Saturday that the New York Police Department is investigating a rape allegation made by a woman against Porzingis. The woman claims the rape took place last year on Feb. 7, hours after Porzingis suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury. She only went to the police about the allegation on Thursday because she says Porzingis reneged on a hush money agreement.
Not long after the news emerged, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Knicks told the Mavericks about the rape allegation.
On the February trade call to finalize the Dallas-New York deal, the Knicks informed the Mavericks of the pending rape allegation against Kristaps Porzingis, league sources tell ESPN. The league office had been previously made aware of the allegations.
Porzingis’ attorney issued a statement in which he says the Mavericks big man denies the rape allegation. The attorney called the woman’s claim an extortion effort and says they reported the case to the FBI.
Kristaps Porzingis is being investigated by the New York Police Department for a rape he allegedly committed last year, according to a report.
The New York Post on Saturday reported the news regarding Porzingis. They say the woman claims she was raped by Porzingis on Feb. 7, hours after the former Knicks star suffered a torn ACL during a game. The woman, who is in her 20s, lives in the same luxury Sky building in Midtown West as Porzingis. She invited him over to her place around 2:00 a.m. and then went back to his place, where she says he held her down and raped her.
The woman only went to police about the matter on Thursday, over a year after the alleged incident took place. She reportedly did so because she claims Porzingis reneged on a commitment to pay her $68,000 in hush money.
The case is currently being handled by the NYPD Special Victims unit.
In the hours after his injury, Porzingis and other members of his entourage did tequila shots, according to a documentary.
Porzingis was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 31.
Was one factor in Kristaps Porzingis wanting a trade from the New York Knicks a lack of desire to play with Kevin Durant? That’s what one NBA insider thinks.
Zach Lowe talked with Knicks reporter Ian Begley on “The Lowe Post” podcast that was published on Friday. The Porzingis trade was their first item of discussion, and Begley emphasized there was a multitude of factors contributing to Porzingis’ desire to be moved.
Lowe made note of the salary cap space the team was seeking and pointed out that another factor is that Porzingis wanted to be the face of the franchise. Had Durant joined the Knicks, Porzingis would have been overshadowed, and that’s not something he wanted.
“There is the possibility that [the Knicks] got the sense that [Porzingis] wasn’t psyched of how aggressively they were going to court bigger names than him. That’s possible,” Lowe said. “I’m confident after talking to a lot of people, I don’t think he was psyched about playing with (Kevin) Durant. I don’t know how directly that was verbalized to the Knicks. I’m confident that it wasn’t something that was like his Plan A that he was super thrilled about it. He wanted to be the face of the franchise. I think that’s known, that’s fair.”
Lowe pointed out that if Durant went to the Knicks, the former MVP would instantly be the face of the franchise and overshadow Porzingis. Contrarily, other potential free agents, like Kemba Walker or Kawhi Leonard, aren’t as big of stars and would therefore share the spotlight with Porzingis.
The New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy says he was told that if Porzingis did not want to play with Durant, the sentiment was not expressed to the Knicks.
If Kristaps Porzingis didn't want to play with Kevin Durant, it was never said to the Knicks, according to a team source. https://t.co/9p1QQuVhjE
Overall, it seems that Porzingis just lacked confidence in the Knicks’ front office, and his unhappiness with them was expressed from the start of his career. Not wanting to be overshadowed by a bigger star was probably more of a secondary factor in his desire to be traded.
The New York Knicks seemingly went into the trade process expecting to get more for forward Kristaps Porzingis.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks were “surprised” that Porzingis’s stock had dropped so much since the 2017 NBA Draft, when they last received offers for him. At that time, the Knicks had turned down the opportunity to acquire Devin Booker and a draft pick from the Phoenix Suns for Porzingis, and had also rejected a large offer from the Boston Celtics.
Berman reports that the Knicks did get 8-10 offers for Porzingis, but the Dallas Mavericks were the only team to offer up the right combination of a young player, expiring contracts, and two first-round draft choices.
Earlier reports indicated that Porzingis’s availability was something of a secret to some teams, but if up to a third of the league had offers on the table, it would seem it wasn’t that classified. The Knicks couldn’t expect Porzingis, who hasn’t played all season, to have retained all his trade value from when he was regarded as one of the league’s brightest young stars. He still is, but the injury concerns are real.
The 2019 NBA trade deadline was an exceptionally active one with multiple big names changing teams, even if the biggest name on the market ended up staying put. That doesn’t change the fact that the action, especially in the Eastern Conference, was fast and furious, and that isn’t even factoring in the Kristaps Porzingis deal.
Here are ten big takeaways from all the moves that took place prior to Thursday’s deadline.
1. The Anthony Davis saga will drag on into the summer, and the Lakers look worse for it
It didn’t seem like the New Orleans Pelicans ever had any real intention of negotiating with the Los Angeles Lakers in good faith on an Anthony Davis trade. The Pelicans have every incentive to wait until summer to deal Davis, when they should have a wider range of interested teams. The Lakers will be disappointed, as they don’t look great publicly, seem to have muddled the minds of their young players, and may now find themselves in a situation where they can be outbid. LeBron James probably won’t be happy, either.
During his time with the New York Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis repeatedly expressed concern over the direction of the team. And on more than one occasion, his brother, Janis, appeared to get involved and stir the pot a little as well.
With Porzingis now in Dallas after being traded to the Mavericks, a clearer picture of Janis’ role and desired role became clearer. And although the issue was obvious from the onset, it was reportedly much worse than many realized.
According to sources, Janis Porzingis became a severe thorn in Phil Jackson’s side, staging Kristaps’ missed exit meeting after the 2016-17 season. Jackson wanted to trade Porzingis at the 2017 trade deadline because he got bad vibes from Janis regarding Porzingis’ future.
“Janis wanted the kingdom,” one source familiar with the situation told The Post.
Specifically, Janis repeatedly called into question the direction of the Knicks, but also wanted to land jobs for several members of Kristaps’ entourage, as well as desiring complete control over Kristaps’ rehab and recovery, which he preferred happen in Real Madrid instead of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
“He’s the big brother and wants to protect him and I’m sure over the years his ego and confidence in handling Kristaps has grown,’’ one NBA source said. “It could also be the Knicks’ fault. You have to set boundaries … but they allowed him everywhere and that created Janis knowing and seeing everything.”
In Kristaps’ introductory press conference in Dallas, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle gave a special shout-out to Janis, which may appeal to his ego for now, but it’s only a matter of time before they experience the same thing the Knicks did.
Now we’re hearing some significant news about Porzingis’ status that may have to do with his departure.
Dallas reporter Mike Fisher tweeted that Porzingis has been medically cleared to return from his torn ACL. He says Porzingis will sit out the rest of the season though to undergo a physical makeover.
I'm told there is no 'conspiratorial' reason for #Porzingis sitting out rest of #Mavs year. Nor is it about his knee, exactly. It's about a 'physical makeover' – getting his body stronger so future injuries are less likely.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban insists that keeping Porzingis out is not part of a strategy to tank this season.
The Knicks’ objectives seem to be different. New York is in full tank mode, and how they were going to handle Porzingis’ return was something he was concerned about. The New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy reported last week that Porzingis had been cleared but was concerned about how the Knicks would handle him.
Porzingis could still have a few months to play and contribute to the Mavericks, but they’re thinking long term with the big man. They’re prepared to offer him a major contract extension over the offseason without having him play in a game post-ACL surgery. It’s a risk they feel is worthwhile.
The New York Knicks made a blockbuster trade when they dealt Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks during the week, and they seem to be doing what they can to convince fans they made the right move.
During Sunday’s game between the Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies, MSG, the team-owned TV network that airs their games, shared this graphic of Porzingis. Rather than merely highlighting his career accomplishments, they noted the big man’s faults and negative acts while with the Knicks.
Knicks say it’s not personal and they’re not trying to smear Porzingis. This is the graphic their in-house TV network just aired. pic.twitter.com/r63Edvyn8p
Yes, they pointed out how many games he missed due to injury and that he skipped an exit meeting with the team two years ago. Is that unnecessary? Probably. This doesn’t exactly make them out to be player-friendly.
The bottom line is Porzingis did not want to remain with the team long term, so they traded him instead. They got back a decent package of players and a few future first-round picks in return and will now have enough cap space to potentially make a huge splash in free agency.
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.
Porzingis fallout: Some bewilderment coming from several teams who were shocked Porzingis was available. Becoming very clear the Knicks did little in the way of league-wide canvassing for offers before moving KP to Dallas.
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.
The Kristaps Porzingis era in New York is over, and more details appear to be emerging about what led to its hasty demise.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News noted this week that the Knicks traded Willy Hernangomez, Porzingis’ best friend in the league, and alienated another one of his international buddies on the roster in Enes Kanter.
“He said to me, keep your head up, stay strong. He believes in me,” Kanter was quoted as saying about Porzingis. “Whether I’m on the bench or he sees me frustrated, he always says to me, ‘Keep your head up.’ It means a lot for an All-Star to talk to me that way.”
Hernangomez, who was also teammates with Porzingis on Real Madrid in Spain’s Liga ACB, played with him in New York for two seasons before being dealt to the Charlotte Hornets at the 2018 trade deadline. Kanter, meanwhile, is locked in a messy stalemate with the Knicks as he continues to log DNPs.