Dallas Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis to practice with team for first time

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks newcomer Kristaps Porzingis played full speed 3-on-3 on March 12. Porzingis says he expects to be full go at practice on Wednesday.

Dallas Mavericks fans cannot wait to see Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic sharing the court for the team. The blockbuster trade cost the Mavs three starters, but got them a 7’3 All-Star in return. Dallas now has one of the top young duos in the NBA which increases fan excitement tenfold.

Mavericks supporters have to wait for that moment, though. They traded for Porzingis on Jan. 31, but his recovery from a torn ACL is not complete. Kristaps is not expected to play in game action until next season. The organization wants to make sure he is 100 percent healthy before sending him onto the court.

Positive news

Kristaps Porzingis took the next step in his rehab on March 12. Below is a Tweet from Tim MacMahon detailing the exciting news.

That means Porzingis is inching closer to full health. Having the entire offseason to work on his game is important. It is easy to forget that young players can expand their skillset significantly during those summer months. Kristaps is still only 23 years old. He has room to grow in his near limitless potential.

For fans looking to get more fired up, here is a Tweet from Chuck Cooperstein about Porzingis’ workout.

Porzingis stated on the TNT broadcast that he would return to full practice without restriction on Wednesday. That is welcomed sign for all Mavericks fans.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis progressed to the next step in his rehab from a torn ACL. He played live 3-on-3 and is returning to practice as early as March 13. That is a massive step as they begin to build chemistry and rapport for next season.

Porzingis and Luka Doncic could form an unstoppable duo for the rest of the NBA. They can both shoot, pass, and handle the ball. Mixing their skillsets should create some matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. Fans cannot wait to see them take the court in Mavericks uniforms together.

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