Mavericks want Porzingis and Doncic together for '20 years', says Cuban

Kristaps Porzingis SHOCKS Knicks in showdown talks amid Anthony Davis rumours

Kristaps Porzingis SHOCKS Knicks in showdown talks amid Anthony Davis rumours

As the Dallas Mavericks' head coach sat with owner Mark Cuban, general manager Donnie Nelson, and the four newest players on the roster, including Kristaps Porzingis, Carlisle didn't try to hide where his heart was.

Porzingis was traded to the Mavs on Thursday, but per reports is not expected to suit up as he recovers from the ACL injury he suffered more than a year ago. There was uncertainty about Porzingis' desire to play with the Pelicans long term, sources said.

Asked if that was true, Porzingis said, "Yes". Cuban said the current plan is to hold him out the rest of 2018-19.

Latvian big man Porzingis, the number four pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, hasn't played since undergoing surgery to fix a torn left knee ligament last February.

"There's no rush", Porzingis. "There's no rush. I've been patient this whole time, and I'm going to keep staying patient, which is one of the hardest things for me to do. If nothing was accomplished and he feels for his career he wants to go elsewhere to win, then that's his decision, honestly".

With a healthy Porzingis in 2019-20, once the National Basketball Association schedule releases in August, the only time Dallas plays at Madison Square Garden will certainly be circled; these teams already played their season series, with the most recent game just hours before the blockbuster trade happened.

Departing Knicks player Tim Hardaway Jr. got a sweet farewell from a favorite restaurant, we're told.

Clearly, the Knicks were happy with the return that they received for Porzingis, or at least you could assume that they are, otherwise they wouldn't have made the deal. Naturally, Porzingis was asked about the potential of the Euro duo several times. "I really see us being very special on the court and fun to watch". The 40-year-old Nowitzki set an National Basketball Association record by spending all 21 of his seasons with the same franchise.

Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks are talking about a long-term deal.

"Dirk is a guy I looked up to growing up", Porzingis said.

"It's not a concern I have", Cuban said to ESPN.

"I remember he was a few years younger than me".

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