The Dallas Mavericks were back in action on Feb. 22 as they topped the Grizzlies with a dominating defensive performance. It was the team’s first game in over a week because of the severe weather and power outages in Texas. The only thing missing was Kristaps Porzingis, who sat out with a back injury.
After the victory came a report from Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer that the Mavericks have discussed KP in trade talks. The article featured plenty of juicy tidbits, but there should have some skepticism because Dallas is notoriously tight-lipped in trade discussions.
Owner Mark Cuban had some strong words to say about the rumors. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban denies Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors
Brad Townsend asked the Mavs boss about the report on Tuesday. See his response below courtesy of Brad Townsend.
Cuban continued with his defense of Porzingis.
Trading KP does not make a ton of sense for the Mavericks. They want to win a championship. Luka Doncic needs help to accomplish that goal, so unless Dallas is trading Porzingis for another star player, the roster is only going to take a step back. Fans saw inside the Orlando bubble that the Unicorn can be a difference-maker in the playoffs. He needs to stay healthy and return to form.
It has been a rough start for KP. There is no denying that. He has still only played 17 games this season after missing all of training camp. Porzingis is working his way back to full strength. Coach Carlisle noted that his back has been bothering on and off all season as well. Fans should see a better version of Kristaps Porzingis as he continues to ramp back up.
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