The “Unicorn” could be on the move again.
A little over two years after arriving in Dallas, Kristaps Porzingis could find a new team this season, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. Fischer reports that the Mavericks are evaluating commercial interest in Porzingis, potentially hoping to revamp the team to fix their failing defense. The Mavericks sit at 14-15 (ninth in the Western Conference).
“They definitely sniffed it,” an NBA official told Fischer. “They take the temperature, because they know that at some point it’s going to come back.”
Porzingis was traded to Dallas in 2019, alongside Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr., in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and two first-round picks (the 2023 pick has protections among the top 10). He signed a maximum extension with Dallas in July 2019 for five years and over $ 158 million.
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Porzingis was expected to play No.2 against Luka Doncic, and played when he was on the pitch for Dallas: Porzingis is averaging 20.4 points per game on 43% shots (35% beyond arc). The problem is – as with the Knicks – Porzingis’ health; the 25-year-old has only appeared in 74 games in the past three seasons, missing the ’18 -’19 campaign as he recovers from an ACL tear.
He landed again on the Mavs injury report while dealing with low back strain.
Since the Dallas Mavericks traded to Kristaps Porzingis on Jan.31, 2019, they have played 136 games (including tonight). Porzingis was active in 74 (54%) of these games.
Visualize the number of games he played (🦄) vs missed (🤕):
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Dallas could be looking to improve their defense, placing in the bottom third of most major rate categories this season.