NBA Rumor: Kristaps Porzingis Trade?

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Kristaps Porzingis wanted to be traded at the end of last season?

Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle. “I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He’s had the healthy offseason. He’s been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he’s coming back with a refreshed feel. “At the end of last year, he wasn’t going to come out and ask for a trade. He’s smart enough to understand the optics.”

Tim MacMahon: At this point, the sense that I get is that Kristaps Porzingis would not mind a fresh start. But his approach going into the offseason is, okay, I’ve got a healthy offseason, which has been rare for him. He needs to work on his body, he needs to work on his game. And that he is determined to to come back and prove that he is a star-caliber player. Whether he’s coming back to another franchise or not, that’s not within his power. But my understanding is he had very productive conversations with Mavericks player development staff.

Limited interest in Kristaps Porzingis trade?

Kevin O’Connor: The trouble here is that the Dallas Mavericks are facing a challenge to make massive changes to the roster. Porzingis has two seasons left plus a player option for a third year left on his contract, and teams don’t want him if they try to trade him. Mark Cuban denied previous reports that the Mavericks shopped Porzingis but at the least league sources have told me interest in Porzingis is ‘minimal’.

Kevin O’Connor: Teams are scared off by the money, the health, and possibly his diminishing production. And because of the picks owed to the Knicks, Dallas can’t deal another first-round pick until at least 2025. Not only that, aside from Jalen Brunson Dallas’ young players haven’t shown much. So the team has limited trading power in terms of his draft picks and players and they also have some tough decisions to make this coming offseason as well with a number of different upcoming free agents.

Those injuries — and the resulting diminished mobility — made him a defensive liability, and they are among the reasons it would be difficult for Dallas to get value for Porzingis in a trade. He is owed $101.5 million over the next three seasons, a contract that executives and scouts around the league view as an albatross. If Porzingis isn’t a championship-caliber sidekick — and he isn’t likely to be a ticket to one in the trade market — it’s hard to see how the Mavs get a second star in the near future.

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Mavericks gauging the market for Kristaps Porzingis

In fact, Dallas has quietly gauged the trade market for Porzingis, according to league sources, as the Mavericks have begun reevaluating whether the 25-year-old center can truly support Doncic as the second option on a contender. “They’ve kicked the tires on everybody on their roster that’s not named Luka,” one person with knowledge of Dallas’ thinking said. “You know [president of basketball operations] Donnie [Nelson]; they’re always tinkering.”

For now, Dallas appears first interested in adding a center to help supplement Porzingis, sources said. The Mavericks have circled Andre Drummond as the Cleveland Cavaliers look to move in a different frontcourt direction of their own, but Dallas has expressed no interest in parting with Porzingis in those particular talks. “They want a big to pair with him,” one league source said. “Obviously with physicality, rebounding, toughness.”

A person with knowledge of the meeting said it was requested by the Porzingis brothers — after they had canceled a similar meeting earlier in January — and that it lasted less than five minutes. Later in the day, according to the person, Janis Porzingis provided the Knicks with a list of four teams he and Kristaps had deemed acceptable trade destinations. The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers were among those teams, but Dallas was not on the list. The Knicks, meanwhile, were told Porzingis was prepared to leave the team and continue his knee rehabilitation in Spain if he was not moved by this week’s league trade deadline.
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Perry said the Knicks were aware of Porzingis’ displeasure with the direction of the franchise in recent weeks. That was despite the fact both parties seemed to be on the same page after New York elected not to extend Porzingis’ rookie contract, Mills said. The team president cited Porzingis’ time spent at the team facility as one sign of his disconnect from the franchise. New York began to speak to teams about different trade scenarios involving Porzingis in recent days.

To what extent Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, played a role in trading Porzingis is unclear, but be sure that he was involved on some level. In January, Dolan, who also owns the NHL’s Rangers, told two hockey reporters in Las Vegas that “the real big difference between the Knicks and Rangers is (goaltender) Henrik (Lundqvist). If the Knicks had a Henrik, they’d probably be competing for a playoff spot. No Henrik, no playoff spot.” Dolan either purposely or unknowingly forgot that the Knicks have an All-Star who is currently recovering from major knee surgery. Porzingis, according to a source, was annoyed by the public slight.
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