Dallas Mavericks trade for Kristaps Porzingis
After a brief stint with DeAndre Jordan, the Mavericks once again swung for the fences on an elite young center. Kristaps Porzingis has all the offensive talent in the world for a 7’3 center. So acquiring him came at a steep cost. Dallas had to take on the contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke. In return, the Knicks also received Dennis Smith Jr., Jordan, Wesley Mathews, and two first-round picks.
So far the jury is still out on KP, he is putting up fantastic offensive numbers compared to Dallas’ past centers, but injuries have been an issue. He has missed 44 of the team’s 144 regular-season games over the last two seasons. KP averaged 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game this year, but over just 43 of a possible 72 games.
While those numbers are substantially better than the past decade of centers the Dallas Mavericks have tried, but Kristaps Porzingis just seems to not be a great fit. Will the Mavericks decide KP is the long-term answer at the center position, or will they continue to search for a big man as they have for the past decade? Expect plenty of trade rumors this offseason.