Twitter user @2K_Howard's fake Porzingis banner.

The NBA world blew up Thursday afternoon, with reports that New York Knicks’ star Kristaps Porzingis was unhappy quickly followed by the news that he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks (along with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee, for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and “draft compensation”). And as usual for big NBA moves, this led to some incredible Twitter commentary. Here are a dozen of the best tweets around it, organized according to theme.

NBA players weighing in: This sparked commentary from everyone from the Sixers’ Joel Embiid to the Knicks’ own Kevin Knox.

Crushed Knicks’ fans: Unsurprisingly, plenty of Knicks’ fans weren’t thrilled that the best player the team’s had in a long while is being traded away at age 23 largely in pursuit of cap space. Let’s check in on how this is going for the likes of Rolling Stone entertainment writer Alan Sepinwall (who used quite the Sopranos GIF), famed chef and author Eddie Huang, and ESPN’s Ariel Helwani:

People bashing Jim Dolan: Shockingly, much of the blame here is being placed on Knicks’ owner Jim Dolan, who really, really cares what people think of him. Maybe the “Nothing will change until Dolan sells the team” FS1 subway ads (which led to Dolan personally calling Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch to have them removed) were right after all. At any rate, this led to a lot of funny tweets about Dolan:

Thoughts on how Stephen A. Smith will take this: Who needs Smith’s actual reaction when Twitter can predict it?

A reference to baseball’s unsigned free agents:

A shot at the team’s summer plans: At least they’re using the cap space for something, right?

Another suggestion of how they could use that cap space:

A reference to Porzingis’ unicorn nickname: Nicely done here by SI’s Emma Baccellieri:

Adam Schefter joins the fun: ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter had a good line about how this buried the news that Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones isn’t offering head coach Jason Garrett a contract extension:

A response to Joel Embiid: And last but not least, that Embiid tweet from earlier got some great responses, but this one particularly stood out.

Well played, Twitter.

[Photo from @2K_Howard on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.