Dallas Mavericks most likely to be traded this offseason: 5. Kristaps Porzingis
Some Mavs fans want KP’s name at the top of this list, but a trade is unlikely. The glowing comments made at the introductory news conference for general manager Nico Harrison and head coach Jason Kidd all but ruled out a deal this offseason.
Porzingis struggled in the playoffs and has not been the second star the Mavericks thought they were acquiring in 2019. He has three years and over $101 million remaining on a max contract he signed just months after Dallas acquired him. Couple all that with his extensive injury history and no team is knocking down the Mavs door to acquire the Unicorn.
It does not make sense for Dallas to sell low. They want to jump into title contention. That is impossible if they trade Porzingis for draft picks or young developing talents.
Coach Kidd and his staff have to find a way to maximize KP. The 7’3 big man must regain some of his athleticism and get back to protecting the rim. Porzingis had his most efficient offensive season, but his defense slipped. Getting back to being a force on both ends is important for the Unicorn.
The Dallas Mavericks would trade Kristaps Porzingis if the right deal came along, but do not expect it to happen this offseason.