Kristaps Porzingis agrees to 5-year, $158 max contract with Mavs
Restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis has agreed to a five-year, $158 max contract with the Dallas Mavericks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019
Porzingis hasn’t actually suited up for the Mavs yet, but the team still has confidence that he can help usher in a new era of Dallas basketball after Dirk Nowitzki retired.
The Knicks traded Porzingis to the Mavs before the trade deadline for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and two future first-round draft picks. The Mavericks also received Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke in the deal.
Porzingis is still recovering from an ACL injury, but expectations are high that he will be a big part of the team this season and for many years to come. The hope is that Luka Doncic and Porzingas can be the new one-two punch in Dallas that will bring the city another championship.
After the trade was completed, Doncic talked about how excited he was to have Porzingis with him in Dallas and how good of a player he can be.
“He’s big, he can shoot, he can rebound. He can do a lot of things,” said Doncic via FanSided. “I think he can be one of the best players in this league.”
In 2017 before being injured, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists for the Knicks. The hope for the Mavs is that KP will fully recover from the ACL injury and get back to the production he had before the devastating injury.