Porzingis is being investigated in New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place last year, ESPN reports. Porzingis has yet to play since tearing the ACL in his left knee in February, 2018.
Porzingis denied the allegation through a statement from his lawyer. The NBA has been alerted about the investigation and the Mavericks said they could not comment from instructions from authorities, the report adds.
Porzingis (knee) has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
While Porzingis was never expected to play this season while he recovers from a torn ACL, speculation opened up when he returned to participating in five-on-five drills without any restrictions just over a week ago. However, the Mavericks have no reason to rush the big man back into game action, and Porzingis should be a full go for the start of the 2019-20 season.
Porzingis is expected to practice with the Mavs on Wednesday, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports. "Today I played three-on-three," Porzingis said during a live interview on TNT on Tuesday night. "[Wednesday] is going to be my first five-on-five practice, full-on, without any restrictions at all. And I've been feeling great."
While there's still no expectation that Porzingis will return to game action this season, this is still a major step in the right direction for the big man, whom the Mavs acquired from New York around the trade deadline. Thus far, he's been limited to drills and three-on-three work, but Porzingis will begin to scrimmage with his new teammates in an attempt to begin building chemistry and familiarity. Dallas is out of the playoff race in the West, but all eyes are on the 2019-20 season, when the Porzinigis and Luka Doncic-led Mavs will likely shift from rebuilding team to postseason contender. "KP is doing very well," coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday night. "I watched him play a live three-on-three game this morning and do a lot of spectacular things and a lot of simple things with a great degree of specialization. The prospect of him being with us on the court is extremely exciting. But we're not there yet. But he's ramping it up and he'll be practicing with us sometime soon."
Though a return appeared to be on the table, Dallas will most likely opt to hold out their top-flight acquisition for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign as he recovers from a torn ACL. While the decision isn't too surprising, this may be the sign fantasy owners need to cut bait with Porzingis, who was a popular pick late in most drafts.
The Knicks traded Porzingis (knee) to the Mavericks on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews and DeAndre Jordan along with a likely first-round pick will head to New York, while Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke join Porzingis in Dallas.
Porzingis informed the Knicks earlier in the day that he would prefer to be traded after expressing "concern with the losing, franchise direction and an uncertainty that the culture is developing that will enable sustainable organizational success," per Wojnarowski. The deal happened shortly after that news broke, and the Knicks are partially using Porzingis to execute a salary dump of Hardaway and Lee for increased cap flexibility in the summer of 2019, when the organization hopes it can make a big free-agent splash. Now that Porzingis is with the Mavericks, it's unclear what that means for his chances of playing in 2018-19 while he continues to work back from a torn ACL. Dallas is 23-27 and 12th in the Western Conference standings, but it's still possible the team will want him available for the latter part of the season to help with a postseason push. More information on the situation should arrive once he settles in with his new club, but Porzingis already plans on informing the Dallas brass that he intends to exercise his qualifying offer in restricted free agency this summer, according to Charania. That would officially give the Mavericks a full season of Porzingis and the opportunity to work out an extension before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July 2020.
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