Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic ecstatic to play with Kristaps Porzingis
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks standout Luka Doncic shared his glowing thoughts on their new acquisition Kristaps Porzingis on Jan. 31.
The Dallas Mavericks completed a blockbuster deal that came out of nowhere on Thursday afternoon. They agreed to acquire All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke from the Knicks. In return, the Mavs sent Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first round picks to New York.
Giving up three starters and two first-round draft choices including one that was unprotected is a massive deal. That is the price a team pays to acquire a young star, though. Porzingis is only 23 years old and averaged 22.7 points per game last season.
Mavericks fans are salivating about the potential partnership between Luka Doncic and Kristaps. The trade allows Luka to take the reins and be the Mavs primary creator/ball handler. It also gives Dallas a 7’3 player in the middle who shot 39.5 percent on his 3-pointers last season.
On top of that, Doncic and Porzingis could form the top pick-and-roll combo in the NBA next season.
Clearly, the Mavericks organization made the move based off of the potential of Kristaps and their belief in his fit alongside Doncic.
Luka’s thoughts on Porzingis
The Mavs rookie was not afraid to share his take on the new acquisition after Thursday’s game in Detroit. Dwain Price sent out the following Tweet featuring Luka’s quote.
Count Doncic in on those excited about Kristaps Porzingis playing for the Mavericks. It was a surprise move, but one that could vault the Mavs into contention immediately. Having a big man like Porzingis next to a 6’7 ball handler in Luka is scary for opposing defenses.
Luka Doncic is ecstatic about Kristaps Porzingis joining the Dallas Mavericks. Having a 23-year-old All-Star next to the rookie should provide plenty of excitement about the present and future in Dallas.
Porzingis is still rehabbing a torn ACL, though. No word yet on when he will play his first game in a Mavericks uniform. Until then, fans will just have to dream about their new star duo dominating the opposition on the court.
Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for plenty more on their pairing and everything you need to know about the Dallas Mavericks.