Mavs’ Mark Cuban compares Kristaps Porzingis trade to letting Steve Nash leave Dallas
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has previously compared the Kristaps Porzingis trade to the Houston Rockets’ acquisition of James Harden. Now, the Mavs boss is comparing the KP trade to his “dumb” decision of letting Hall of Famer Steve Nash walk in the summer of 2004.
Nash signed with the Phoenix Suns and won two MVP awards. The Mavs didn’t re-sign him because Cuban and Co. got bad medical advice.
Via CBS Sports:
“Every team has their own reasons. We let Steve Nash walk. It was the dumbest thing we ever done,” Mark Cuban said on WFAN’s Moose and Maggie. “At the time, we were getting medical advice saying his back may not make it. Obviously, that advice was wrong…The Knicks had their judgment and were trying to do what they wanted to do and sometimes it doesn’t work.”
The Mavs acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks during the 2018-19 season. Dallas sent New York DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., a 2021 first-round pick and a 2023 first-round pick for the Unicorn.
Porzingis missed the entire 2018-19 campaign rehabbing his ACL injury. While Cuban compares the Mavs letting Nash walk because of his back issues to the Knicks trading Porzingis because of his injury, we have to remember New York moved KP for other reasons, too.
It was reported at the time of the deal that Porzingis requested a trade from the Knicks. New York was also looking to clear cap space for the summer of 2019.
The trade worked out great for the Mavs. The franchise now has two All-Stars in Luka Doncic and Porzingis to lead the team for the next decade or so.