While New York Knicks fans are not thrilled with the return for Kristaps Porzingis, there are benefits to acquiring big man DeAndre Jordan.
The New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan, and two future first-round picks on Thursday. Adrian Wojnarowksi broke the news just shortly after reporting a meeting between the Knicks front office and Porzingis, and, eventually, his trade request.
New York has agreed with Dallas on trade that includes Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN. Players and agents are being notified of particulars. Deal may include more draft assets.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2019
Smith Jr. is the player the Knicks were supposed to draft in 2017. Wesley Matthews is an eight-year veteran and valued wing defender. Jordan, however, seemingly could help right the ship ahead of New York’s biggest summer in years.
But as all great empires do, Lob City fell.
Paul is now competing in Houston, Griffin is stranded in Detroit, and Jordan spent the first half of this season in Dallas. Now in New York, most fans expect him to be a buyout candidate, making him eligible to join a contender ahead of the postseason.
But as the front office proved with the Kristaps Porzingis trade, the Knicks are planning to do what’s best for them.
In this instance, that’s keeping and playing the former Defensive Player of the Year. Jordan made it clear in his debut with the team that he’s got plenty left in the tank, and is here to play for New York.
We can get used to this… pic.twitter.com/tLg9oqasuJ
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 3, 2019
Experience, Veteran Leadership
Jordan is a guy who’s been around. He’s been one of the league’s best rebounding big men since entering the league in 2008.
Currently, in what has been a down year, Jordan’s averaging 13.7 rebounds per game. He led the league in rebounds for the 2013-14 campaign and has posted a double-double season average for six consecutive seasons.