Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) guards Knicks guard Dennis Smith...

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes (7) guards Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr., during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Detroit. Credit: AP/Duane Burleson

Sunday marked the second anniversary of the day the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis. And on that anniversary, coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged that the player brought back in the deal, Dennis Smith Jr., was heading to the G League bubble in Orlando.

Smith — who has played in only three games for the Knicks (9-12) this season — will join the Westchester Knicks to try to get repetitions of game action. He asked for the chance and was granted permission to play in the G League.

Smith was not made available to the media Sunday.

"I think the G League is a very valuable tool," Thibodeau said. "I think you see it being used more and more by virtually every team in the league. It’s an opportunity, you can get obviously a lot out of practice, but I think playing time is important also. So when we have those opportunities, we do want to utilize it. I think it will be great for him."

Smith was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks — one spot behind Frank Ntilikina, who also has seen little game action for the Knicks this season. In addition to Smith, the Knicks acquired the Mavericks’ 2021 and 2023 first-round picks in the blockbuster Porzingis deal.

Thibodeau admired that Smith chose to try to work on his game in the G League.

"I think it’s great," he said. "His attitude has been very positive. He’s worked hard in practice.

"It’s a great tool. It’s an opportunity for him to play in games, which I think is very important also. I’m glad he’s approached it that way. I know he’s looking forward to it. I think it’s good for him and it’s good for us."