The future of the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis partnership remains uncertain, but if you ask former Dallas Mavericks guard and champion Jason Terry, the Mavs should keep the two.
According to Terry, Porzingis is more than capable of being the second option behind Luka. However, in order for the Latvian star to do that, he needs to be able to stay healthy and, hopefully, play a full season with the Mavs.
“I mean, I don’t think he’s played a full season since he’s been in the NBA. And so a healthy Kristaps Porzingis is a very, very viable second guy next to Luka. He’s very valuable on the defensive end but offensively, he stretches the floor. I just think, you know, for him, he has to get healthy. You know, he has to be healthy and feeling confident and good about himself,” Terry said in an interview on CBS Sports Radio, via Dallas Morning News.
Jason Terry, who was a key member of the 2011 Mavs team that defeated the LeBron James-led Miami Heat to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy, knows that winning in the NBA is difficult and it can be frustrating more often than not. Nonetheless, he has a strong belief Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis can make it work to take Dallas to the next level.
“And I think they can make it work, man. I mean thing about it is if they continue to go through the pitfalls of the rigors of the NBA season and playoff series, the fire will burn deep enough that you’ll want to get out there and get to it,” the ex-Mavs guard added.
There has been a lot of talks surrounding Porzingis' future with the Mavs, with reports saying he is not happy in Dallas only fueling trade speculations. It doesn't help that rumors of his poor relationship with Doncic continues to circulate.
Indeed, the 2021 offseason will be crucial for the Mavs. If they can get another star player to pair with Luka, KP might be heading out the door. But considering that Mark Cuban and Co. have invested a lot in Porzingis, it will not be surprising if they run it back and see if they can make it work again with the two.