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Mavericks trade grade for sending Kristaps Porzingis to Washington

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

Why did the Dallas Mavericks trade Kristaps Porzingis now?

The timing of the deal was the most shocking part. Kristaps Porzingis appeared to regain his mobility this season and was back to protecting the rim as the Mavericks revamped their defense under head coach Jason Kidd.

The Unicorn is currently sidelined with a bone bruise in his knee, and he only played in 34 of the team’s 55 regular-season games before the deal as his availability was always a question mark.

The Mavs needed another shot creator, and they want to put shooting around superstar Luka Doncic. Porzingis was not making plays, and he negatively impacted the team’s spacing when he would post-up as Luka went to attack the paint.

The Mavericks realized KP was not the second star they need next to Doncic, so the front office moved on. The package that came in return was a bit light, but Dallas gained some future flexibility and filled a couple of holes in their roster. It will be interesting to see how they perform shifting to more single big man lineups as the postseason draws closer.

The Dallas Mavericks traded Kristaps Porzingis, but did they get enough in return to improve their team short and/or long-term?

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