The Dallas Mavericks were on top of the world when they acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks two years ago. People around the NBA believed that Dallas had swindled New York out of their All-Star big man and that the Mavericks would have the next best duo in the league with Porzingis and Luka Doncic.
Well, the people who thought that certainly jumped the gun. New York is arguably in a better position than Dallas and Porzingis is a big reason why.
Porzingis has failed to live up to expectations as Doncic’s sidekick thus far. His injuries have continued to be a problem, as he has played in only 100 regular-season games the last two seasons combined. He made it through only three playoff games in the Orlando Bubble as well as injuries sidelined him.
There have been some rumors about the Mavericks looking to already move on from Porzingis. He was reportedly offered to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Kelly Oubre at the trade deadline, but Mark Cuban has denied those reports.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are still collecting assets at a rapid rate. Sam Presti acquired three more future first-round picks already this offseason, adding to their already incredible cachet of draft picks.
Eventually, the Thunder are going to have to try building up their roster and winning some games. They signed Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to a massive extension this offseason, so maybe the roster upgrading begins now.
The Thunder have been using cap space in recent years to take on bad contracts along with draft compensation. If Dallas wants to get out from under the contract of Kristaps Porzingis, the Thunder should be one interested team.
Many of the contracts that the Thunder have taken on have been for veterans that they either buy out or flip again later. Porzingis is one veteran that Oklahoma City can use to help start building a winning culture again within the organization.
Porzingis would provide the Thunder with a second scoring option to go along with Gilgeous-Alexander. His 3-point shooting would be a major upgrade for a Thunder team that finished 29th in 3-point percentage last season at a paltry 33.9 percent on 35.1 attempts per game. Porzingis’s 36.1 percent is a major upgrade on 29.4 percent of Isiah Roby and 29 percent of Darius Bazley.