At Mavericks Introduction, Porzingis Holds Back On Knicks Divorce

February 04, 2019 - 3:18 pm


After being traded by the Knicks last week, Kristaps Porzingis took to Instagram to write the "Truth Will Come Out."

But when asked about the Knicks at his introductory news conference with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, the All-Star power forward bit his tongue, although he hinted he might have more to say in the future.

"Right now, the situation is what it is," Porzingis said. "I would rather just focus on what's ahead of me than looking back. There might be a time when I go into more detail about that situation, but right now I just want to focus on my new team, on the Dallas Mavericks."

The Knicks last week shockingly shipped Porzingis, who had been considered the cornerstone of the franchise, and guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas in exchange for point guard Dennis Smith Jr., two future first-round picks and the expiring contracts of center DeAndre Jordan and swingman Wesley Matthews. 

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The move came after Knicks president Steve Mills said the organization had doubts that Porzingis was on board with its rebuild plan. Those doubts were confirmed Thursday, Mills said, when Porzingis expressed his concerns about the direction of the franchise in a meeting with team management. Hours later, he had a new team.

"I was surprised," Porzingis said of the trade Monday.

In addition to his "Truth Will Come Out" message on Instagram the night of the trade, Porzingis wrote on the social media site Sunday: "The city deserves better than that... My suggestion for knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!! Peace."

For now, Knicks fans will have to continue to wonder what those comments mean exactly.

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Porzingis, 23, has not played since tearing his ACL in February 2018. The 7-foot-3 Latvian said Monday the plan is for him to sit out all of this season. 
"I'm doing really well," he said. "My legs (are) feeling great. ... I'm excited to get back on the court as soon as possible. I'm still trying to be patient and doing all the little things right, but I'm excited because I feel great. I feel great, I feel bouncy, and I'm ready to get back on the court."

Porzingis, who will become a restricted free agent this summer, was asked if he plans to re-sign with Dallas. But before he could answer, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban interrupted.

"I can answer that for you. Yeah, he does," Cuban said to laughter.

When asked if that was true, Porzingis replied: "Listen, we're on the same page."