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Dallas Mavericks: Re-grading the Kristaps Porzingis trade after two years

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks are off to a slow start to the 2020-2021 season. Kristaps Porzingis missed the first nine games recovering from offseason meniscus surgery. Injuries and COVID issues have kept the Mavs projecting starting five from playing one minute on the court together through the team’s first 17 games.

Fans have not seen the best version of KP yet this season. He was playing out of his mind during the bubble before injuring his knee in the playoffs. Porzingis is still rounding into shape, but he should return to his All-Star form soon.

Jan. 31 marks the second anniversary of the Mavs acquiring Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks. Let us take a look back at the deal and re-grade it with what we know now.

More. Why Kristaps Porzingis makes the Mavs an elite team

Dallas Mavericks acquire Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks: The trade

The blockbuster came out of nowhere. KP was rehabbing from a torn ACL. One minute it was reported that he requested a trade, and the next he was off to Dallas. Here is a look back at the deal.

The Knicks traded their disgruntled star for a recent lottery pick, two first-round draft choices, and cap space. They planned to sign a marquee name in free agency in the summer of 2019.

Dallas acquired their second star and three rotation players in the deal. Most believed New York could have received more in return for KP, and the Mavericks had the edge on the day it was made. Acquiring an All-Star under the age of 25 does not happen often, and it is never cheap.

Have things changed in the last two years? Did the Dallas Mavericks win the deal with the Knicks? Let us examine the deal further with what we know now.

Next: What changed?

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