Dennis Smith Jr. would have loved for the Kristaps Porzingis deal to go down sooner.
Following New York’s 14th straight loss Tuesday against the Pistons, the new Knicks guard was candid with reporters when asked about the trade that sent him from the Mavericks to the team with the worst record in the league.
“I just want to play them,” Smith said, via The Athletic . “They wanted to package me, DJ, and Wes and send us over here. I just wish they would’ve did it before we didn’t play them anymore.”
It’s hard to blame Smith for wanting a shot at his former squad.
He recorded a triple-double for the Mavs in a commanding win over the Knicks on Jan. 30. Little did he know it was his final game with Dallas, as he was dealt the next day in the blockbuster trade with New York.
Selected ninth overall in the 2017 draft, Smith averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 assists in 103 games with the Mavs. In his first two games with the Knicks, the 21-year-old averaged 16.5 points and six assists.
The Knicks (10-43), who have now lost a franchise-record 15 consecutive games at Madison Square Garden, face the Pistons (24-29) again on Friday.
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