Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis’ true thoughts on trade away from Luka Doncic, Dallas
Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis was one of the biggest names being constantly dropped during the offseason after a disappointing playoffs stint. And, as it seems, everyone thought the Latvian was on his way out of the franchise including KP himself.
In a recent podcast episode of ESPN’s Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective, Windhorst together with fellow ESPN writers Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talked about the intriguing Porzingis situation in Dallas. According to the three, they honestly felt that Porzingis was on his way out after putting up a dud in his second playoff appearance with the Mavs.
“I’ll say this: at the end of last year, Porzingis wanted to be traded,” MacMahon said (via Sports Illustrated). “When he stood in the corner and checked the wind for an entire playoff series, he was hoping to be traded,”
Despite that disappointing playoff stint, however, MacMahon mentioned that KP had a fantastic offseason and is feeling way better about his situation in Texas. It was mentioned that Porzingis did a ton of work this offseason and that he feels that he has a fresh start with the coaching change given that Jason Kidd will now be calling the shots.
It doesn’t take an expert to admit that the seven-foot-three Porzingis was terrible in their first-round match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers last postseason. That being said, it is also quite obvious that the Mavs might find it hard to succeed if Porzingis is playing subpar, even with Luka Doncic putting up MVP-like numbers.
For now, Mark Cuban and the rest of the franchise are hoping that betting on a renewed and reenergized Porzingis pays off as they try to bounce back and make another playoff run.