Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis is officially back in Dallas

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images) /

Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis is back in Dallas ahead of NBA Orlando

The Dallas Mavericks traded for Kristaps Porzingis in Jan. 2019. They viewed him as the perfect second star playing off Luka Doncic. KP missing all of last season recovering from a torn ACL. He did not play his first game with the Mavs until the opening night of this season.

It has been an up and down year for Porzingis. He started off slowly after missing 20 months of NBA action. The Unicorn was just hitting his stride when a knee injury sidelined him for ten straight games in December. KP needed a few contests to ramp back up after the absence. He was then producing the best numbers of his career just before the NBA suspended play because of the novel coronavirus.

Now, Porzingis and the Mavericks will go over four months without playing again. The NBA is preparing for the season’s restart. Games are expected to begin in Orlando on July 30. Fans can read why the plan is perfect for the Mavs here.

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Players are just reporting back to their markets as testing begins on Tuesday. Kristaps Porzingis returned to Latvia after the suspension, but he is back in Dallas now.

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis lets fans know he missed Dallas

Porzingis put out a video on his Instagram story showing his view of Dallas with the caption “missed this place”. Fans can see a screenshot of the post here courtesy of Brad Townsend. The Unicorn later posted a second video of him getting in the car that he drives while in Dallas.

The 24-year-old is back and ready to get training camp 2.0 underway. Fans saw the workout videos in recent weeks. Porzingis wants to hit the ground running in Orlando. The Mavericks know they can vault up the standings and make a run in the playoffs.

NBA teams will begin testing next week. If all goes well, they will start practicing too. The Mavericks will travel to Orlando in early July and finish up training camp 2.0 there before seeding games tip-off at the end of the month. Things are going to ramp up fast, so be ready.

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