Dallas Mavericks want to contend and improve their roster: Kristaps Porzingis upgrade?
The Mavs stood pat at last year’s trade deadline because the team was outperforming expectations, and their chemistry was viewed as one of the primary reasons. They are not in the same position this year. Expectations increased and Dallas sits ninth in the Western Conference after winning six of their seven games. The Mavericks want to make a deep run in the postseason, so they are searching for upgrades.
Dallas has some holes to fill. They sit 24th in 3-point percentage and 13th in makes after finishing in the top ten in both categories last season. The Mavs are 25th in defensive rating after their offseason focus was improving their middle-of-the-pack defense. They sit 24th in defensive field goal percentage within six feet of the basket. Rim protection has been an issue for the Mavericks.
Dallas could be gauging interest in KP to see if they can improve their defense and shooting. The Mavs have no desire to trade the All-Star for draft picks. They will be looking for at least one key piece back in return. The Dallas Mavericks could be wondering if that deal is out there, especially if they are worried about his injury history and defense long-term.