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How the Kristaps Porzingis trade impacts the Sixers – The Athletic

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The NBA’s trade deadline isn’t until Feb. 7, but the New York Knicks got a jump on the action Thursday, sending franchise big man Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a trade which saw seven players and two first-round draft picks change hands.

The Knicks will receive Dennis Smith Jr, Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two future first-round draft picks from the Mavericks, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. But the key to the trade for the Knicks is they will send out Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke — along with Porzingis — moves that will give them enough cap space to pursue two maximum-salary contracts this summer. The trade became official this evening.

It took shape today at lightning speed. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported Porzingis sat down with Knicks’ management, where their star player expressed concern over the direction of the franchise. Less than an hour later, when ESPN published the…

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