Two years ago when the Dallas Mavericks acquired former NBA All-Star Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks, they thought they had just pulled off a heist. The Knicks, notorious for getting swindled in trades, just gave up on their franchise cornerstone before his rookie contract expired.
Dallas had grand visions of Porzingis teaming up with Luka Doncic and running roughshod over the Western Conference for years to come. Two years later and things aren’t close to what the Mavericks had hoped for.
A lot of the issues that persisted in New York have now begun cropping up in Dallas. When you combine that with Porzingis’ lack of production on the court, as he was a non-factor in the postseason, things are going about as badly as they could have for the Mavericks.
Porzingis is reportedly frustrated with his role in Dallas, as he feels he is an afterthought instead of a 1B to Doncic’s 1A.
With his laundry list of injuries being added to each season, his contract quickly becoming an albatross, in addition to his frustrations with his role, Dallas might be better off cutting bait now than waiting longer.
With how things are progressing, things might be the best chance the Mavericks have to capitalize on whatever potential teams believe Porzingis has left. Which teams could be interested in adding the Latvian big man to their roster? Here are three potential Porzingis trades we would love to see.
San Antonio Spurs
The developmental potential that the San Antonio Spurs provide is what lands them on this list. There aren’t many teams in the NBA that are as good at developing players as the Spurs are.
No matter how raw a prospect is, the Spurs have a great track record of developing them. Could Kristaps Porzingis be the next player they are able to coax immense potential out of?
What the Spurs were trying to do with LaMarcus Aldridge, turning him into a floor-stretching big, Porzingis already excels at. He is a 36.1 percent shooter from the 3-point line in his career and made 37.6 percent of his attempts this past season.