Knicks say they had as many as eight offers for Kristaps Porzingis

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Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian center traded from NY to Dallas last Thursday, had a farewell message Sunday for Knicks fans after the National Basketball Association deal - "Stay Woke!"

"The city deserves better than that. Peace", he wrote on his Instagram storyboard, which evidently started as something of a tribute to his new teammate and idol Dirk Nowitzki.

The Knicks sent 2018 NBA All-Star Porzingis, Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Dallas for DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and first-round NBA Draft picks in 2021 and 2023.

Immediately after the shocking trade was announced, one report suggested that other teams were surprised the Knicks made Porzingis available in trade talks.

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Scott Perry said the Knicks were aware of Porzingis' displeasure with the direction of the franchise in recent weeks. In fact, many in-and-around the National Basketball Association believe it was on Dirk's suggestion, that Mark Cuban & management brokered the deal for Kristaps but a few hours after his trade demands went public.

But multiple teams interested in making an offer for Porzingis said that they were unable to do so before NY traded Porzingis to Dallas, league sources said.

Porzingis will reportedly not play for the Mavericks this season as he continues recovering from an ACL tear he suffered a year ago.

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