Which version of Kristaps Porzingis are the Dallas Mavericks trading away?
The Mavs have no interest in trading away a healthy KP. They believe Luka Doncic can join him as the foundational pieces of a championship team. Porzingis was “untouchable” in trade talks before this season. He should be if Dallas believes he will stay healthy and produce as he did inside the Walt Disney World bubble.
KP has struggled this season. His porous defense has outweighed his positive offensive contributions. The Mavericks have struggled in part because their max contract player is not playing at that level. No team wants to trade for the Porzingis fans have seen this season.
If Dallas wants to move the Unicorn, they must wait until he is back on the floor and playing at an elite level. The Mavs want to maximize their return, and that can only happen when teams are witnessing that Porzingis is still an elite player.
It is difficult to gauge the trade value of Kristaps Porzingis. Teams should be lining up to trade for a 25-year-old All-Star big man that can space the floor and protect the rim. Other factors change the calculations, though. The Dallas Mavericks will hold on to Kristaps Porzingis, for now. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.