People with knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press that the New York Knicks have agreed to trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, parting with their young All-Star forward as he recovers from a torn knee ligament.

The Knicks would acquire guard Dennis Smith Jr. and center DeAndre Jordan while also sending Tim Hardaway Jr. to Dallas. Other players would be added to the deal Thursday to make the salaries work.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade was still being completed. It was first reported by ESPN.com.

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft and once was expected to be the Knicks’ franchise player for years. But they declined to give him a contract extension last summer, and now by trading him and Hardaway seem instead to be gearing up to pursue players in free agency.

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FILE- In this Dec. 21, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) battles for the ball with Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
FILE- In this Dec. 21, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (6) battles for the ball with Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, left, of Latvia, outreaches Minnesota Timberwolves' Taj Gibson as he lays up the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, left, of Latvia, outreaches Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson as he lays up the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to strip the ball from New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to strip the ball from New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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