Did Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic know about trade during Wednesday’s Knicks-Mavericks game? (video)

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Wednesday, the Mavericks beat the Knicks in New York.

Thursday, the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks.

Did Porzingis and Dallas rookie Luka Doncic know about the deal during the game?

Porzingis:

Doncic denied knowing about the trade in advance. He said he and Porzingis were merely sharing a moment as people who know each other.

But Porzingis’ smirk emoji sure seems to send a different message.

And maybe that’s by design, honest or not. Both Porzingis and the Knicks are trying to sell their narrative. The notion that New York had been cooking up this trade for a while – rather than responding to a trade request – fits Porzingis’.