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“Janis Porzingis provided the Knicks with a list of four teams he and Kristaps had deemed acceptable trade destinations.
“The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers were among those teams, but Dallas was not on the list. The Knicks, meanwhile, were told Porzingis was prepared to leave the team and continue his knee rehabilitation in Spain if he was not moved by this week’s league trade deadline.”
Knicks president Steve Mills told MSG Network’s Rebecca Haarlow on Sunday that Porzingis informed them he wasn’t going to sign an extension with the team.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported after the trade that Porzingis had yet to decide on his future with the Mavericks.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Porzingis intends to sign his one-year qualifying offer with the Mavericks this offseason.
During his introductory press conference Monday, Porzingis seemed reluctant to answer when asked if he would sign a long-term extension with Dallas, hesitating before owner Mark Cuban jumped in:
Porzingis did say he and the Mavs are “on the same page.” The 23-year-old is unlikely to play this season while rehabbing his torn ACL. He averaged a career-high 22.7 points per game last season before injuring his knee last February.