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ESPN’s Tim Legler savagely destroys Kristaps Porzingis after Mavs-Wizards deal

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The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a shocker minutes before the NBA trade deadline expired. The Mavs sent former All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis and a second round pick to the Washington Wizards for a package surrounding Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.

Following news of the trade, ESPN commentator Tim Legler provided the reason for the seemingly lob sided trade. In the process, he roasted Porzingis.

While on “NBA Today,” Legler shared his thoughts on the trade. “I love this trade for the Mavs… I know he got nicknamed the unicorn because he’s so unique, but he’s also the unicorn because you hardly see him. That’s the problem. He’s hardly consistently available.”

It’s hard to argue with Legler’s assertion. Porzingis has currently missed the last five games with a bone bruise. He has been in and out of the lineup for the Mavs for a lot of the year this year. That has become the norm for Porzingis.

Porzingis has not played in more than 57 games since 2016 due to a myriad of injuries. Even that season, he only played 66 games.

While on the floor, Porzingis is still a strong offensive option. He is averaging 19 points, eight rebounds and almost two blocks per game this season. But his inability to initiate offense himself has hampered the Mavs when superstar Luka Doncic is on the bench.

In Dinwiddie, the Mavs get another guard that can create for himself and his teammates. Primarily though, this was a move about health. Dinwiddie has played in almost every game this year, while Porzingis can’t seem to stay on the court.