Report: Kristaps Porzingis had Nets, Clippers, Heat, Raptors as desired trade destinations
Before the Dallas Mavericks acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks, the big man gave the Knicks a list of four preferred trade destinations. The Mavs weren’t on that list, but the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors were, according to The New York Times’ Marc Stein:
Kristaps Porzingis had a wish list of four teams for a potential trade with the Dallas Mavericks omitted.
Porzingis had the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors on his list, according to two people with knowledge of the list.
Dallas traded for Porzingis anyway, and while there have been rumors that he may sign the qualifying offer this summer, both he and the Mavs have expressed mutual interest in making this a long-term partnership. Mavs owner Mark Cuban is excited to see Porzingis play alongside rookie sensation Luka Doncic.
Currently, Porzingis is recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in February last year. He’s expected to be 100 percent healthy by March, but the Mavs don’t plan on playing him for the remainder of this season.
When healthy, Porzingis has shown the potential to be one of the best players in the league. The Mavs are optimistic he’ll be ready next season, and if the reports are true, he could be the successor to the retiring Dirk Nowitzki.