Game 51 Atlanta Hawks v Utah Jazz: 6 Days Left Before the Feb 7 Trade Deadline
With 6 days left before the Feb 7 Trade Deadline, the NBA is digesting the surprise trade of discontent Kristaps Porzingis from New York Knicks to Dallas Mavericks. Another impending trade could be Anthony Davis who is rumored to want to join LeBron James at Los Angeles Lakers. They also share the same agent so it’s suspected that the players engineered the move to force the trade to LA Lakers by publicly stating Davis won’t resign with the Pelicans next year.
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
Many Knicks fans also expressed the resentment toward the New York Knicks for letting go of Porzingis and Jeremy Lin
My wife was just pointing out that unlike the Jeremy Lin trade, I am now just cynically resigned instead of devastated and that seems like progress
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 31, 2019
I feel bad for Knicks fans. Two players this decade appeared to bring them real joy: Jeremy Lin and Porzingis. Management told both to take a hike.
— Tony Biasotti (@TonyBiasotti) January 31, 2019
It is unknown if any potential Jeremy Lin trade might be linked to any multi-trade scenarios. With these big trades happening, it simply takes a backseat until after NBA Teams finish trying to get Anthony Davis from New Orleans Pelicans.
Jeremy Lin also tweeted a response regarding Porzingis trade.
— JLin Portal (@JLinPortal) January 31, 2019
The latest trade proposal being proposed is involving Utah Jazz but there are no sources being quoted.
Washington Receives: Derrick Favors, Ricky Rubio and Thabo Sefolosha
Atlanta Receives: Ian Mahinmi, Utah’s 2019 first-round pick (top-16 protection in 2019; lottery protection in 2020; top-12 protection in 2021; turns into two seconds if not conveyed)
OK, I admit it. I straight-up stole this one from friend and co-host Dan Favale’s trade piece for Bleacher Report in early January. I just love it.
(And the specificity and complexity of the pick involved screams Dan, who is the best in the business at fake trades.)
For Utah, Porter can instantly slot in at the 4 and potentially create a souped-up, longer version of the small-ball lineups with which the Jazz already dominate.
Jeremy Lin, while posting a lower overall Box Plus-Minus than Rubio this season, is still an upgrade offensively. He’s averaging 19.8 points, 6.7 assists, 5.3 free throws and 1.6 threes per 36 minutes, with a .597 True Shooting Percentage. And I’d be optimistic about what Quin Snyderand Utah’s system might be able to draw out of him on defense.