REPORT: Kristaps Porzingis’ Mavs future in question amid trade rumors
Say it ain’t so but one of the Dallas Mavericks’ worst nightmares have unearthed. Apparently, the front office have “sniffed around” about Kristaps Porzingis’ trade value, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
The recent rumors on the Latvian surfaced after the Mavs won another game without Porzingis, who sat out Monday’s win with back tightness.
“They’ve definitely sniffed around on him,” an assistant general manager repoortedly told B/R. “They’re taking the temperature, because they know at some point it’s gonna come around.”
If the rumors are indeed true, then this just confirms that the future of the highly touted duo of Porzingis and MVP-candidate Luka Doncic is now in peril. The Mavs had high hopes for their dynamic duo, as their tandem brought Dallas all the way to the playoffs last season. Unfortunately, their current form has been far from last season’s top-offensive team.
After a knee injury forced him out of their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Kristaps Porzingis’ progress to get back has been slower than expected. The 25-year-old missed the Mavs’ first nine games this season and has yet to get back on track, at least consistently. Dallas, in turn, has also been subpar as Doncic seems to be having a hard time carrying all the load himself.
That said, it’s not just Porzingis whom the Mavs are apparently prepared to move. According to Fisher, Dallas’ front office have always been known to make intriguing moves and this season’s roster isn’t anything different.
“They’ve kicked the tires on everybody on their roster that’s not named Luka,” another source told Fisher said. “You know [president of basketball operations] Donnie [Nelson]; they’re always tinkering.”
Mavs fans are hoping that the wins start to come to avoid any mid-season overhaul. They’ve now won six of their last 10 games and are inching closer to being a .500 team halfway through the season.