Mavs star Kristaps Porzingis will play vs. Nets after 3-game absence
After being forced to sit out the Dallas Mavericks’ past three games due to a back injury, it has now been confirmed that Kristaps Porzingis will be re-joining the Mavs lineup when they face off against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
This report comes via Marc Stein of the New York Times:
Mavs say Kristaps Porzingis returns to the lineup tonight against the Nets
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 28, 2021
Tim MacMahon of ESPN also confirmed the report, while also providing some information on Kristaps’ minutes cap:
Kristaps Porzingis (back tightness) will play vs. Nets after missing three games. Rick Carlisle said Porzingis wouldn't have a minutes limit beyond not pushing into the higher 30s.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 28, 2021
Porzingis has been dealing with some back spasms which, fortunately, turned out to be nothing more than a minor injury. Dallas won two out of their three games with their star big man on the shelf, and it goes without saying that the team will be delighted to bring him back in a marquee matchup against the mighty Nets.
Porzingis has been the stuff of headlines for the Mavs of late, with trade rumors recently popping up. Reports state that the Mavs actually reached out to the Golden State Warriors to discuss a potential trade centered around Porzingis. The Washington Wizards were also linked to a potential swoop for the Latvian, as D.C. reportedly wanted to form a Big 3 of Bradley Beal, Russell Westbrook, and Porzingis.
For what it’s worth, team owner Mark Cuban has denied all trade rumors, expressing his desire to keep Porzingis in Dallas for the long haul.
It is worth noting that Porzingis penned a five-year max extension with the Mavs in 2019. He is under contract until the end of the 2023-24 season, with that year being a Player Option for him. He is set to earn $131 million over the next four years (including this one), which means that anyone willing to trade for Porzingis will need to dig deep into their pockets to compensate the 25-year-old lofty salary.