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Porzingis tells NBA Knicks fans to 'Stay Woke!'

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New York (AFP)

Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian center traded from New York to Dallas last Thursday, had a farewell message Sunday for Knicks fans after the NBA deal -- "Stay Woke!"

The 23-year-old European 7-foot-3 (2.21m) giant, the NBA's tallest active player, has not played since suffering a torn left knee ligament last February.

Three days after he was sent to the Mavericks in a trade involving seven players and two draft picks, Porzingis advised Knicks supporters to be watchful.

"The city deserves better than that... My suggestion for Knicks fans is to STAY WOKE!! Peace," Porzingis posted early Sunday on his Instagram account.

An ESPN report said Porzingis, a restricted free agent after this season, told the Knicks on Thursday he was concerned over the state of the club and the direction the team was going and no longer wanted to be on the Knicks roster.

The Knicks sent 2018 NBA All-Star Porzingis, Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to Dallas for DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and first-round NBA Draft picks in 2021 and 2023.

Porzingis is expected to sit out the remainder of this season for Dallas.

The Knicks, with the NBA's worst record at 10-41, created extra salary cap room with the moves and could look at bringing two star free agents to New York in July contract talks in a market expected to include Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard.

The Mavericks stand 12th in the Western Conference at 24-28, 4.5 games behind the eighth-place Los Angeles Clippers for the last West playoff berth.

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