One recent example is Greg Monroe, who signed a qualifying offer with the Detroit Pistons in 2014, then bolted to the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency the following year.
While the trade shocked many in the National Basketball Association world on Thursday, Knicks general manager Scott Perry said they were confident that the trade "improves the franchise". "Considering the uncertainty regarding Kristaps' free agent status and his request today to be traded, we made a trade that we are confident improves the franchise".
News broke earlier Thursday that the 23-year-old met with Knicks management to discuss the direction the franchise was headed.
Porzingis, who was selected fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, has not played since suffering a torn ACL on February 6, 2018. The Knicks said in December that Porzingis' knee is making good progress in rehab, but they have not given a timeline for him to return to game action.
Predicting what Durant wants is a mostly pointless exercise, but few would argue that signing with the Knicks, over a Warriors team that come June may have just won their third straight National Basketball Association title, is anything close to likely.
Not but 20 minutes before the trade news, the Mavs weren't among the teams expected to be in on Porzingis.
Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and likely first-round draft pick compensation to NY.
With the Super Bowl just days away, the National Basketball Association has somehow dominated headlines with the Anthony Davis wanting to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers to play alongside LeBron James. He also was averaging 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. They owe their own protected first-rounder to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the draft-night trade to acquire Luka Doncic.