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Dennis Smith Jr. fell out of favor with the Dallas Mavericks some time ago, and now he's relishing a fresh start with the New York Knicks.

The deal went down so fast that all the details surrounding the evolution of trading New York's franchise cornerstone were left merky.

Now mired in an abysmal 10-42 season, the Knicks' only hope is that they'll have the chance to draft a transcendent talent such as Zion Williamson in an effort to convince free agents that they are a desirable destination. It turns out NY was quietly poking around the league with Porzingis' name in trade packages for most of last month. "I just wish they would've did it before we didn't play them anymore".

Coach Rick Carlisle's focus is on trying to get the Mavericks back to the playoffs, even though the trade could be viewed as a surrender on the current season, particularly with the decision to sit Porzingis with Dallas four games out of the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

The Mavs made the trade with the belief that Porzingis and 19-year-old rookie sensation Luka Doncic could develop together into the pillars of a perennial championship contender.

Dallas also acquired guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.

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With that being the Knicks' obvious play in this deal, rival executives told Stein they liked the trade as they believe "the Knicks must have some promising inside information about their ability to lure the likes of [Kevin] Durant and [Kyrie] Irving".

Following the trade of Porzingis, the Knicks have assets to make a reasonable offer for Davis. At least, that's what it felt like looking from the outside.

When the Mavs did this, everyone knew it was a move for the future. Of course both teams shot them down.

Ironically, in Smith's final game in Dallas, he dropped a triple-double against the Knicks on January 30 and was then traded the following day. The only reason hands didn't shake that night was due to the meeting Porzingis and his brother/agent, Janis, had asked for on Thursday.

The Knicks were convinced no team beyond the Mavericks was willing to offer cap space, a young player with upside and future first round picks. Doncic already looks like one of the best rookies in recent memory and no player possesses both Porzingis' size and shooting ability. He could sign a qualifying offer for next season, opening him up for unrestricted free agency in 2020, but Cuban will probably try to lock him down on a mega-extension this summer. The Steve Nash/Dirk Nowitzki of a new generation.

"I can answer that for him", Cuban said. It was only a matter of time before the trigger was pulled.