Kristaps Porzingis is heading to Dallas, and the NBA world had a strong reaction to the news on social media.
The Knicks have reportedly agreed to send the 23-year-old star forward to the Mavericks in exchange for a package centered around Dennis Smith Jr. as well as the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews.
Porzingis told New York he was concerned about the direction of the franchise during a meeting with management Wednesday, according to ESPN. He suffered a torn ACL in February 2018 and has not played this season.
Here is how social media reacted to the stunning trade:
— Kev (@KevKnox) January 31, 2019
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 31, 2019
Trading the best player the team has had in a decade, a restricted free agent, for cap space seems incredibly stupid but let’s wait and see bc it might be worse than that
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) January 31, 2019
The Knicks were booed on Kristaps Porzingis’s first day as a Knick and last day as a Knick. That is some some seriously impressive Knicksing even for the Knicks.
— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) January 31, 2019
I am so depressed https://t.co/RB8U0l8oYP
— Nick Vega (@atNickVega) January 31, 2019
Just SHOCKING that the Knicks brass didn’t get something better than this for Porzingis ..
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 31, 2019
Jason Garrett is not believed to be a part of the package going from Dallas to New York for Kristaps Porzingis.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2019
Belichick here. We’ll be sure to get his Porzingis reaction. pic.twitter.com/JZJGfspD27
— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) January 31, 2019
I texted a few NBA players about this Kristaps Porzingis trade. Most hadn’t heard the news yet and thought it was fake. A lot of rival players are stunned right now.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 31, 2019
The thought of having to watch Kristaps Porzingis spend the prime of his career alongside Luka Doncic in Dallas is quite possiblly the biggest gut punch imaginable for Knicks fans that have already endured far too many gut punches
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 31, 2019
#Knicks trade Porzingis plus Hardaway Jr./Lee to clear way to sign 2 free agents. That can only mean 1 thing — the Knicks are the mystery team signing Harper and Machado.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 31, 2019
*Deletes every old tweet making fun of people who claimed Porzingis was the next Dirk.
*Drafts new tweet. . .
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) January 31, 2019
The Knicks must really think they can get Kevin Durant. Bold strategy. Wait, is bold the right word?
— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) January 31, 2019
it was a good run, knicks pic.twitter.com/vo5CKIDVmf
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) January 31, 2019