Mark Cuban wants to keep Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis together for the next 20 years
Could Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have found his new version of Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash?
It remains to be seen, but Cuban has certainly put together a very talented duo in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis after acquiring Porzingis in a shocking blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks last week.
This time, though, Cuban will not let one of his two best players get away, as he plans on keeping Doncic and Porzingis together for a very, very long time:
“Our goal is to keep them together for the next 20 years,” said Cuban, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Porzingis could become a restricted free agent with the Mavericks this summer, but he reportedly plans to sign a qualifying offer with Dallas, which would keep him on a one-year deal next season before making him an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
However, based on Cuban’s statement, it won’t matter if and when Porzingis becomes a free agent, because he plans on keeping the big man no matter what.
Things have certainly turned around quickly for a Mavericks franchise that looked dead in the water last year.
The shift began on draft night last June, when Cuban acquired Doncic in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, sending back fellow rookie Trae Young in the deal.
Then, when Porzingis demanded a trade from New York, Cuban and the Mavs saw an opportunity and swooped in. Now, the Mavericks have two young stars, and their future looks bright. Pending Porzingis’ health, of course.