Is there an arms race in the Eastern Conference of the NBA?
Former New York Knicks centre Kristaps Porzingis reportedly had expressed a desire to play for the Toronto Raptors prior to ultimately being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Porzingis who met with the Knicks before being acquired by the Mavs on Jan. 31, gave New York a short list of teams that he desired to be traded to, which included the Raptors.
The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat were the other teams on the Porzingis list.
The 23-year-old has not played at all this season as he continues to recover from the torn left ACL he suffered in February of 2018, and he isn't likely to play for Dallas this season either, team owner Mark Cuban told ESPN's Tim McMahon.
Barring he signs a new contract with the Mavs, Porzingis will be a restricted free agent at season's end.
Through his three career NBA seasons, Porzingis, the fourth overall pick of the 2015 draft, has averaged 17.8 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds.