Sports NBA: Mavs probably open to Porzingis trade
Mavs' Porzingis shrugs off trade talk after latest injury
There was one difference during yet another multigame injury absence for Kristaps Porzingis with the Dallas Mavericks. Trade rumours surfaced for the first time since the 7-foot-3 Latvian came to Dallas as the centerpiece of a blockbuster 2019 deal with the New York Knicks. Set to return from a three-game absence because of lower back stiffness, Porzingis brushed off the trade talk — but not in the same direct way owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle have tried to refute reports that the Mavericks were open to proposals.
Kristaps Porzingis is still looking for his rhythm after his meniscus injury in the offseason. The Dallas Mavericks are beginning to have doubts about the Latvians. The Texans should ask around in the league what they could get for the Big Man.
This is what Jake Fischer reports from the Bleacher Report . He quotes an insider from the Mavs, who reports that with the exception of Luka Doncic, no player in the squad is inviolable. This also applies to Porzingis, as an anonymous assistant GM said. "They put out feelers because they know this could become an issue at some point," the Mavs behavior source said.
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After a strong bubble in Orlando, when the Latvian put on an average of over 30 points, Porzingis was not able to build on that this season. In 17 games, the power forward scored an average of 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds, hitting 47.3 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from a distance.
is mainly concerned about defense. "I've been watching him for a few years now and I'm not sure if he can defend anyone," another Western official is quoted as saying.
Recently there have been rumors that the Mavs are interested in Cavs-Big Andre Drummond, however Porzingis should not be part of a possible package. Instead, the Texans prefer a physical Big Man by the Latvian side.
The Mavs drowned Porzingis in January 2019 when the "unicorn" was pulled from New York. The following summer, the now 25-year-old signed a five-year contract for 158 million dollars, which after this season runs for three years until 2024.Kristaps Porzingis: His stats for the Dallas MavericksSeasonGamesMinutesPointsFG% 3P% ReboundsBlocks19 / 205,731,820,442,735,29,52,020 / 211729,920,547,335,28,21,6
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