RUMOR: Mavs reach out to Warriors about Kristaps Porzingis deal
The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly doing some preliminary work on a possible Kristaps Porzingis trade. Leading up to the looming trade deadline, the Mavericks have reached out to the Golden State Warriors to gauge their level of interest in trading for the Latvian center, via SNY‘s Ian Begley.
Porzingis is currently in his second year in Dallas after coming over via a trade from the New York Knicks back in May 2019 in exchange for a multitude of assets. However, his development with the Mavericks has been rather slow as he hurdled several injuries along the way.
Despite playing with a 7’3″ frame, Porzingis still failed to impress in the defensive end. He is currently averaging 20.5 points on 47.3% from the field along with 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Porzingis only appeared in 17 games this season as he is currently nursing a back injury which will further keep him out for their coming games.
The Warriors may find a use for Porzingis on their rotation since rookie James Wiseman is the only promising player on their frontline unit. However, it remains uncertain whether or not the Warriors would agree to trade for an injury-prone player, considering that they also have Klay Thompson who is still nursing his Achilles injury.
There is no doubt that the big man is an intriguing prospect with a high ceiling at the young age of 25 years old. Should the Warriors ended up being not a viable landing spot for Porzingis, it is likely that the Mavericks will continue to look for other partners in order to capitalize on the high value of Kristaps Porzingis and get valuable assets that can contribute to the team right away.