The Knicks shocked the sports world and NBA after trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.
If you hadn’t heard, the New York Knicks are sending franchise cornerstone Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks alongside Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and a future first-round pick.
The news stunned and shocked the league’s players and sports world.
The Knicks’ rookie forward Kevin Knox shared a surprised reaction GIF of Will Smith after hearing the news:
January 31, 2019
Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, injured right now, tweeted and deleted his thoughts, including respects to his teammates going to Dallas.
Undrafted rookie guard Allonzo Trier was either mentioning rapper Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking hip-hop album or his surprise to the news, too:
DAMN ?— Allonzo Trier (@ISO_ZO) January 31, 2019
Players around the league shared similar sentiments about the sudden trade.
Karl-Anthony Towns, the number one selection in Porzingis’ draft class, said this:
Wow.— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 31, 2019
All-Star center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, known for his social media trolling, could only laugh at the news.
Lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololo— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 31, 2019
The Portland Trail Blazers guard-forward Evan Turner was more optimistic for the Knicks, saying it was a good trade for both teams.
That was a good trade for both the Knicks and mavs— Evan Turner (@thekidet) January 31, 2019
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, rumored to be a piece a potential Anthony Davis deal with New Orleans, was wowed by the deal:
Wow!!!!!— kuz (@kylekuzma) January 31, 2019
Former guard Jordan Crawford didn’t think the Knicks received an adequate trade package in exchange for the 7-foot-3 Latvian.
That’s all you got for Porzingis??? Hold up man ??♂️ lol— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) January 31, 2019
Crosstown rivals Brooklyn Nets’ injured point guard Spencer Dinwiddie appeared to revel in the madness and laugh:
January 31, 2019
North Carolina–born rapper J. Cole shared his appreciation for the trade as it sends fellow Fayetteville native Dennis Smith Jr. to Cole’s favorite NBA team, the Knicks.
Knick fan again !!! Let’s gooooo STAY SOLID— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 31, 2019
The Knicks’ Dotson responded to Cole thusly:
COLE WORLD ?— Damyean Dotson?? (@wholeteamDot) January 31, 2019
And finally, C.J. McCollum embodied every Knicks fan when he said to stop looking at notifications.
Prob a good time to turn on notifications and leave do not disturb mode ?— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) January 31, 2019
UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. ET 2/2.
Porzingis uploads photos of him with new teammate to his verified Instagram account:
And per his IG story: pic.twitter.com/xXPCC8j9DK— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 3, 2019
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