For the Mavs, this is about giving Luka Doncic a co-star to build around for, ideally, the next decade-plus.
In terms of existing contracts, Jordan and Matthews are set to expire at the end of the season, while Porzingis can be a restricted free agent this summer.
Early in the afternoon, word was Porzingis was unhappy with the direction of the franchise, and in a meeting with top organizational brass, he said he would prefer to be traded. It's also possible the Knicks will receive a future first-round pick or other draft considerations but those details have yet to be confirmed.
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- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are among many teams expected to pursue Kristaps Porzingis in a trade, league sources tell ESPN.
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Porzingis, who was selected fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, has not played since suffering a torn ACL on February 6, 2018.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks are now 23-27 in a tough Western Conference, who are likely making this trade as they look to move on from the Dirk Nowitzki era.
Coming off a major injury, this is a huge "bet on yourself" move from Porzingis.
One recent example is Greg Monroe, who signed a qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons in 2014, then bolted to the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency the following year.
According to projections from SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Mavericks aren't seeing a lot of change in the short-term, even assuming Porzingis returns to game action on March 1. The 23-year-old has averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 186 career games. He could be a terrific component for the Mavericks if he's able to fully recover.