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Dallas Mavericks: Why Kristaps Porzingis’ trade value is so hard to tab

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis has three years left on a max contract

Fans know that contract status always plays a key factor in trades during the season. Andre Drummond is a two-time All-Star. The Cavaliers decided to sit him down because Jarrett Allen is the team’s long-term answer at center, but they have been slow to move Drummond because of his $28-plus million contract. Contending teams have to match salaries, which can make grabbing a player earning massive money difficult.

Kristaps Porzingis has two guaranteed seasons plus a player option remaining on his contract after this year. He is set to mark north of $30 million in every season, which puts the total value over $100 million.

Any team trading for KP is not taking a shot on a young talent. The Unicorn is being paid like an All-Star and needs to produce at that level for his team to be successful. The 25-year-old big man is more than capable of doing that, but his recent track record suggests it is a gamble.

The injuries and contract lower Porzingis’ trade value, but how much? Are teams staying away completely? Would KP net Dallas a couple of first-round picks? Is someone willing to trade for the Unicorn thinking he will be healthy and out-produce his contract? That boils down to a simple question.

Next: Which KP?

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