Mavericks sign Kristaps Porzingis to multi-year extension

 The Dallas Mavericks and forward/center Kristaps Porzingis have agreed to extension, the team announced today.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, it’s a five-year, $158 million maximum contract, which gives him a player option in the final season in 2023.

Porzingis, 23, was originally acquired by the Mavericks on January 31, 2019 along with guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke, in exchange for guard Dennis Smith Jr., center DeAndre Jordan, guard/forward Wesley Matthews and two future first-round draft picks.

He holds career averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 31.0 minutes per game in 186 games (185 starts). He averaged a career-high 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and a career-high 2.4 blocks in 48 games (all starts) for the Knicks during the 2017-18 season en route to being named a 2018 NBA All-Star. Porzingis suffered a torn left ACL against Milwaukee on Feb. 6, 2018, ending his 2017-18 campaign and he has not seen game action since the injury.

The former fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft appeared in 72 games (all starts) for the Knicks as a rookie in 2015-16, averaging 14.3 points, a career-high 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 28.4 minutes on his way to being named to the 2016 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

A native of Liepaja, Latvia, Porzingis began his professional career with Spain’s Cajasol Seville. He was a two-time recipient of the ACB All-Young Players Team (2014, 2015) and was also named a EuroCup Rising Star in 2015.

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Knicks’ Porzingis out for the season with a torn ACL in left knee

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday night.

Porzingis hurt his knee after dunking the ball against the Bucks on Tuesday night.

Porzingis, 22, is averaging 22 PPG, 6.7 RPG, and 2.4 BPG this season with the Knicks.

Big blow for the Knicks and a big blow for the NBA.

 

Joel Embiid to Porzingis: ‘We don’t care about Exit meetings in Philly’

76ers C Joel Embiid is trying to get Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis to Philly. Embiid made his pitch to Porzingis on Twitter. Porzingis, who skipped his exit meeting with the Knicks at the end of last season, could possibly be had for the right price.

Unfortunately, in order for the 76ers to get Porzingis, they may have to trade Embiid. If not Embiid, they probably would have to trade the number one overall pick in the 2017 draft.  

At the end of the day, Porzingis is probably not coming to Philly, but Embiid’s tweet is hilarious! 

Knicks prez Phil Jackson on Porzingis: ‘We’ve been getting calls and we’re listening’

Knicks president Phil Jackson addressed the situation with Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday night. Jackson, in an interview with MSG Network, did confirm that the team is fielding calls for Porzingis:

“We’re getting calls. As much as we value Kristaps and what he’s done for us, when a guy doesn’t show up for an exit meeting, everybody starts speculating on the duration or movability from a club. So we’ve been getting calls and we’re listening, but we’re not intrigued yet at this level. But as much as we love this guy, we have to do what’s good for our club.”

Porzingis did skip the exit meetings back in April. He was said to be frustrated with the direction of the team.

You would think what’s best for the Knicks is building around a 21-year-old stud in Porzingis, but maybe Jackson has a plan.  Whatever that plan might be, it should include Porzingis!

Listen below:

Shaq on Porzingis: ‘He’s not the type of guy that you give up’

Yesterday, a report surfaced that the Knicks were possibly interested in moving  Kristaps Porzingis. Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal thinks it’s a bad idea. When asked by TMZ Sports should the Knicks trade Porzingis, Shaq had this to say:

“I’d say no. You keep Porzingis, and trade everybody else around him, and try to build around him. This kid has a bright future. He’s working out all summer,” Shaq said.  “I know the guy he’s working out with Carlton Colker, A guy I used to workout with. A guy that helped me win championships. So, he’s getting stronger. He’s definitely in the weight room. He’s not the type of guy that you give up.”

I’m with Shaq. You can’t trade a 21-year old with that size and skill. However, these are the Knicks we’re talking about!

 

Porzingis on the move?

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Knicks forward Kristaps Prozingis could be dealt by the team. Wow! There will be a huge market for the 21-year-old Porzingis. It’s not everyday that a guy with his size and skill is made available.

Porzingis was said to be upset about the direction of the team at the end of last season.

We’ll see what team president Phil Jackson has up his sleeves!

Porzingis likes the Clippers?

Should Knicks’ fans be worried about losing their young stud Kristaps Porzingis? Yesterday, there was a report that teams have inquired about Porzingis after he skipped exit meetings. Today, Porzingis tweeted out something very interesting.

Here is the tweet below:

Porzingis would later delete the tweet. Was it a mistake? Was it something done on purpose? Did he get hacked? Who knows, but Steve Ballmer, Doc Rivers, and Clipper Darrell might be dancing in the streets tonight!

Teams trying to get Porzingis?

According to ESPN, a few teams have reached out to the Knicks about a trade for prized PF Kristaps Porzingis. Teams reached out to the Knicks after Porzingis blew off  the exit meeting with the Knicks’ front office, according to the report.

The 21-year-old Porzingis is the centerpiece of Knicks future. The Knicks will probably be revamped next season. They probably will move Carmelo Anthony this offseason. You would think they would try to build around Porzingis, who expressed his desire to be apart of a winner.