Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are going to play together and NBA Twitter is excited.
The Knicks reportedly are finalizing a deal that would trade forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks in exchange for a slew of expiring contracts. Online, NBA Twitter reacted accordingly as the trade news began to unfold.
It was initially reported that Porzingis would like to be moved away from the Knicks and his teammate, Enes Kanter, reacted using emojis. About 30 minutes later, when the deal was reported that Porzingis was being jettisoned to Dallas, he had a different reaction.
🦄 ♥️— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 31, 2019
🗽 ♥️— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 31, 2019
😱🤯— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 31, 2019
🤔👀— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 31, 2019
Other players also tweeted out their reactions.
Here come the fireworks ! Lol— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) January 31, 2019
Lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololo— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 31, 2019
Prob a good time to turn on notifications and leave do not disturb mode 🤣— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) January 31, 2019
Initially, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski accidentally tweeted that New York would be acquiring Porzingis, providing a moment of hilarity.
Then, as New York's haul became public, many questioned what was happening. While some expressed condolences for Knicks' fans.
I feel bad for Knicks Twitter but this is tremendous content— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) January 31, 2019
why are the knicks— katiebakes (@katiebakes) January 31, 2019
The Knicks could have double max space and the No. 1 pick this summer. They could have two stars and Zion. Or ... they could have nothing. This is a big risk.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) January 31, 2019
tfw u scream DENNIS SMITH JR?!!!????!!??!???? in Soulja Boy’s voice completely unironically— Stephen Asian Smith (@PabloTorre) January 31, 2019
The Knicks just spontaneously traded the face of the franchise for 25 cents on the dollar and the social media team is tweeting out "Ronaldo"(???) Blackman highlights. I'm dying.— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) January 31, 2019
Here’s the thing: I’m as low as Porzingis as any basketball person you’re going to find and I *STILL* think this was insane— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 31, 2019
Here’s a thought: don’t sign Tim Hardaway to begin with and you’d have two max slots plus room to re-sign Porzingis. What’s the use of hitting on a draft puck like that if you trade him for Dennis Smith. Hug a Knicks fan— David Murphy (@ByDavidMurphy) January 31, 2019
Some credited the Mavs for making the move...
Others trolled the ownership...
New game show: Who Wants James Dolan’s Money?— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 31, 2019
But then most came to the realization that Porzingis will be paired with rookie sensation Luka Doncic. And that is something just about everyone in NBA Twitter is excited for.
Doncic and Porzingis. Dallas is gonna be relevant again.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 31, 2019
The thought of having to watch Kristaps Porzingis spend the prime of his career alongside Luka Doncic in Dallas is quite possiblly the biggest gut punch imaginable for Knicks fans that have already endured far too many gut punches— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 31, 2019
LUKA DONCIC AND KRISTAPS PORZINGIS.— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 31, 2019
I can get behind that.
Text from an Eastern Conference star: "I had just read that [Kristaps Porzingis] asked for a trade and then 2 minutes later, he's traded. This is crazy! Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis! That's going to be a fun duo to watch!"— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 31, 2019
The NBA Trade Deadline is Feb. 3. Perhaps Wednesday's news was just the start.