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Was the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Knicks a failure for the Mavericks?

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Trading for Kristaps Porzingis cost the Dallas Mavericks opportunities to land stars

The Mavs traded for Porzingis on Jan. 31, 2019. Luka Doncic was just 50 games into his NBA career when his co-star arrived. Dallas recognized Luka's talent and moved quickly to get him help. Taking a bite of the first apple available did not work out, and it cost the Mavericks multiple chances at acquiring a star-level talent to pair with Doncic.

Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Jrue Holiday, and James Harden have all switched teams since the Mavs acquired KP from the Knicks. Dallas could have been a player in all those sweepstakes with a full complement of draft picks to deal. Would they have landed any of them? Who knows, but playing next to Luka is an exciting prospect.

The Mavericks do not need to make the first deal available for a star player. They must make the right one this time. That could mean bypassing a few deals in search of the co-star that brings the best out of Luka and pushes the Mavs into the upper echelon.

Failure brings lessons, and the Dallas Mavericks can learn a significant amount from the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Knicks. Here is a closer look.

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