Dallas Mavericks: Re-grading the Kristaps Porzingis trade after two years
By Tyler Watts
Re-grading the Kristaps Porzingis trade for the Dallas Mavericks
The fit between Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic was never going to be ideal. Luka needed the ball in his hands more, and DSJ did not have the jump shot to play off him. The Mavericks traded him, two first-round picks, and two expiring contracts for the perfect complement to Luka and three rotation pieces.
Fans have seen it costs more than two first-round picks acquire a star player. Dallas got one under 24 years old to form one of the best young duos in the NBA. Tim Hardaway Jr. has played his best basketball with the Mavericks. Trey Burke is back in part because of his first stint with the team following the trade. Courtney Lee had productive moments in Dallas too.
Re-grade for the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade: A
The grade has the chance to go up to an A-plus if Luka and KP lead the Mavs to a championship in the years ahead. Dallas won this trade. Trading two first-round picks for a young star is always a wise move. Yes, KP has dealt with injuries, but nobody wants to face the Mavericks with their two stars healthy.
Expect a deep playoff run from the Dallas Mavericks in 2021 as the New York Knicks return to the lottery. Mark Cuban and his organization would make this trade 100 times out of 100. Stay tuned to see what the Knicks can do with the Mavs picks, and how far Dallas can climb with Luka and KP.