Thing Dallas Mavericks can learn from Kristaps Porzingis trade: 2. Don’t need to jump at first chance
Luka Doncic was arguably the Mavs’ best player the minute he showed up in Dallas. The teenager had just won EuroLeague and Liga ACB MVP as he led Real Madrid to titles in both competitions. It became apparent quickly that Doncic needed to be the Mavericks’ lead ball-handler and that they had something special on their hands.
The front office jumped at the first chance to acquire a young star to pair with Luka. Kristaps Porzingis was an All-Star in 2018. He was “The Unicorn”, a 7’3 big man that can space the floor and protect the rim. The Mavericks only saw the positives and jumped at the opportunity.
In the two and half years since Dallas acquired Kristaps Porzingis, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Jrue Holiday, and so many other talented players have switched teams. The Mavericks would rather have all of those players than Kristaps Porzingis right now. Yes, KP is younger than every single one, but Dallas would be better with a true second star.
The Dallas Mavericks need to be more patient and wait for the right fit to come along. Trading for Kristaps Porzingis happened fast and came out of nowhere. Next time, they should wait to see if they can acquire a bona fide superstar.
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