Mavs’ Mark Cuban fires back after Kristaps Porzingis trade rumor surfaces
With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, there are going to be a ton of notable names thrown around in trade rumors in the NBA. After Kristaps Porzingis was reported by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer as a player who is no longer “untouchable” for the Mavs, Mark Cuban is refuting those reports.
"It's not accurate. We have not discussed him in a trade at all. Has not happened."
– Mark Cuban denies the Warriors have engaged in talks with the Mavs on a Kristaps Porzingis trade
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) February 23, 2021
On Monday, reports surfaced that Dallas could gauge Porzingis’s trade value ahead of the deadline. Some people believe they haven’t been content with his production thus far, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
However, Cuban has denied the Mavs have spoken to any teams about possibly offloading Porzingis via trade. The Latvian returned from an injury last month that he suffered in last season’s playoffs and he missed Monday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies with a back ailment.
While the Mavs could speak to teams about the prospects of a Porzingis trade, it seems like right now would be an inopportune time to do so. The big man recently came off of a serious injury and is still getting acclimated to Dallas.
Plus, his market isn’t going to be as fruitful as the Mavs would like to get for someone they paid a hefty price for to begin with. In his first 17 games this season, Porzingis is currently notching 20.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and a career-low of 1.6 blocks per game.
People are likely making assumptions that Dallas could move on from Porzingis due to them having a disappointing 14-15 record thus far. Amid all of the speculation that the Mavericks could part ways with Porzingis for the right price, Cuban is making it clear that they don’t intend to trade him right now.