The Dallas Mavericks picked up right where they left off on Wednesday night by defeating the San Antonio Spurs for their fourth straight win. Kristaps Porzingis led the team with 28 points and 14 rebounds in one of his best performances of the season. Luka Doncic chipped in a historic triple-double to propel the Mavs to a 115-104 victory.
The Mavericks need KP playing at an All-Star level to make a deep playoff run. Luka is capable of being the best player on a championship team, but he needs a star running mate and a strong cast of role players to win it all. Dallas is still a piece or two away, so do not be surprised to see them active ahead of the March 25 trade deadline.
Fans know the Mavs are notoriously tight-lipped about discussions, but there are a few trusted insiders to believe. Tim MacMahon noted that other executives believe Porzingis can be had, despite the denial of his availability from Mavs owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle. What does that mean for his status with the team?
Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis is available: Will he be traded?
MacMahon is not the first person to report KP’s availability. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer was the first with Marc Spears confirming the rumor a few days later. Dallas is undoubtedly discussing the Unicorn, but that does not mean he will be traded?
The Mavericks would have to take a step back in the short-term to trade Porzingis. Unless he is the key piece to acquiring Bradley Beal or another superstar, moving KP does not make sense. Dallas owes their 2021 first round to the Knicks unprotected. They have a 22-year-old superstar and should be pushing for the playoffs, so the only deals that make sense would be star for star trades. That type of move is unlikely given Porzinigs’ injury history and recent play.
Expect the Dallas Mavericks to stay active ahead of the March 25 trade deadline. They will be looking to improve their roster and continue climbing up the standings. Stay tuned for rumors, news, and analysis at The Smoking Cuban. Fans will not want to miss it.