Dallas Mavericks: Playing MythBusters with Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last seven games as they are back to .500 for the first time since Jan. 24. Luka Doncic is playing out of his mind as the Mavs continue to climb the standings.
The rumor mill produced a shocker when Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported the organization has discussed Kristaps Porzingis in trade talks. The article was filled with nuggets about the Mavericks and their possible trade talks, but Dallas is notoriously tight-lipped about ongoing discussions. Mark Cuban denied the report and shared some harsh criticism of it on Feb. 23.
Should Dallas Mavericks fans believe the Kristaps Porzingis rumors? Let us steal the format from the popular show MythBusters to attempt to reach a verdict on the Porzingis talks.
Playing MythBusters with the Dallas Mavericks trade rumors on Kristaps Porzingis
Let us start with a few additional facts in the case. Ian Begley reported the Mavs discussed KP with the Golden State Warriors. That deal seems unlikely for a lot of reasons, but it is not out of the questions Dallas would have those talks.
Coach Rick Carlisle strongly denied the Porzingis rumors in his pregame press conference on Feb. 23. See his quote below.
"“There is no trade for Porzingis. There is nothing that has been explored. I know Mark (Cuban) has denied. I’m denying it. He is a Maverick, and we expect him to be here.”"
The trade deadline is on March 25 and all 30 teams are having preliminary discussions on trades. Luka Doncic is “untouchable” in any deal. Kristaps Porzingis was also in the class. Is he still? Should fans believe the rumors? Let us take a closer look.
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