The Dallas Mavericks could have massive moves brewing ahead of the March 25 trade deadline. They have underperformed this season and currently sit under .500 as the All-Star break approaches. Luka Doncic has been fantastic, but the team has struggled to hit shots and played poorly on the defensive end of the floor. The issues have GM Donnie Nelson and the front office aggressively talking trades.
The surprising report came from Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer noting that the Mavs are talking about Kristaps Porzingis. He was previously viewed as “untouchable” by the franchise, but another knee surgery and his struggles since returning may have changed the team’s thinking. Owner Mark Cuban denied the rumors, and coach Rick Carlisle echoed those statements.
Marc Spears of The Undefeated when on ESPN’s The Jump on Feb. 25 and confirmed the Porzingis rumors. Let us take a closer look at what he reported and what it means moving forward.
Marc Spears confirms the Dallas Mavericks are shopping Kristaps Porzingis
Spears had this quote to say on Thursday’s edition of The Jump.
"“No matter what you’re hearing, they say keep an eye on Kristaps Porzingis. He is somebody that Dallas is shopping. Because of salary, injuries, and as one scout said ‘high maintenance issues’, perhaps it is a little difficult to trade him.”"
Spears noted the reports came from talking with “NBA GM’s, other executives, and long-time scouts”. It should put to rest any speculation about the rumors. The Mavericks have talked about trading KP.
Fans should not expect the Unicorn to be dealt before the deadline. The Mavs would be selling low on the All-Star. He has struggled to return from offseason meniscus surgery, including taking a massive step back on the defensive end of the floor. It will be difficult for Dallas to find a suitable deal that allows them to improve their chances of contending for a title.
Stay tuned for plenty more Dallas Mavericks rumors and analysis leading up to the trade deadline because it promises to be full of excitement.