He's already dreaming of the ways to use Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 center/forward, and his prized rookie phenom Luka Doncic, together as a one-two punch in the National Basketball Association.
Porzingis said the plan all along was to sit out the season. "We're going to make the right decisions". NY added point guard Dennis Smith Jr., the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft, along with guard Wesley Matthews and center DeAndre Jordan. "Now that we have an opportunity to play together, I'm really excited about it". For that talent, at age 23, and on a potentially-cheap qualifying offer for 2019-20, it gave the New York Knicks two first-round picks: an unprotected selection in 2021 and a protected one for 2023. And, of course, NY created tons of cap room for free agency this upcoming summer.
Porzingis talked about playing with Doncic.
Porzingis probably won't get to play with the European star he grew up watching: Dirk Nowitzki.
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Dallas has bet big that Porzingis can return to form and be an All-NBA level big man who plays 70+ games a season. "I'll try to use every moment I have to bother him with some questions and some good stories that he has".
Porzingis said sitting out this season has always been the plan, and he will remain patient despite saying he feels "bouncy" and is excited to get back on the court as soon as possible.
"This is one of the most exciting times, I think, that I've ever been a part of, having two young players of their caliber for our fans to watch and improve game by game", Nelson said. Especially if this draft approaches and the Mavs struggle in 2020-21, it makes this selection more valuable.
"Next September seems like a long way away, but time is flying", Carlisle said.
Janis Porzingis, KP's brother, had given NY a list of four teams that he would like to be traded to and the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers were on the list, but the Mavs weren't.