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Dallas Mavericks: Playing MythBusters with Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks are aggressive in trades talks: Kristaps Porzingis name comes up

Fischer’s report noted that the Mavs aggressiveness in trade talks, which should come as no surprise. Donnie Nelson and the front office are always inquiring about players and kicking the tires on deals. One of the reasons the Porzingis deal came together so quickly in Jan. 2019 was the Mavericks’ willingness to discuss players and explore hypothetical moves.

Dallas is not afraid to talk about any player. They are not trading Luka Doncic, but other teams likely bring his name up. The Mavs are no doubt telling everyone he is untouchable. Kristaps Porzingis comes up, and Dallas was labeling him as untouchable too. Did things change?

The Unicorn looked unstoppable inside the bubble. He was playing the best basketball of his career, but a torn meniscus ended his season early. The Mavericks had the Clippers on the ropes with KP but lost two of their last three games without the Unicorn to end their title hopes.

Porzingis had another knee surgery and has struggled mightily since returning to the court. The Mavericks have allowed the opposition to produce an offensive rating of 123.7 with KP on the floor. The 25-year-old All-Star has struggled to move his feet and protect the rim. For the first time, Dallas may be questioning his future with the team.

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