Mavericks trade won’t be easy

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Remember when Kristaps Porzingis was the “unicorn?”

It appears now he is at best an old racehorse, as no one appears to be interested in his services.

The 25-year-old former Knick is reportedly on his way out with the Mavericks, but he still has at least two years left on his contract, with a player option for a third season. He is owed more than $31 million in 2021-22 and $33 million in 2022-23, and his player option goes up to $36 million in 2023-24.

It’s unclear if Dallas is officially shopping Porzingis, but there may not be any takers if so, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

“The trouble here is that the Dallas Mavericks are facing a challenge to make massive changes to the roster. Porzingis has two seasons left, plus a player option for a third year left on his contract, and teams don’t want him if they try to trade him,” O’Connor said on Monday’s episode of “The Void.”

“Mark Cuban denied previous reports that the Mavericks shopped Porzingis, but at the least, league sources have told me interest in Porzingis is minimal.

Kristaps Porzingis plays with the Mavericks in a game against the Pistons.
Kristaps Porzingis plays with the Mavericks in a game against the Pistons.
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“Teams are scared off by the money, the health and possibly his diminishing production, and because of the picks owed to the Knicks, Dallas can’t deal another first-round pick until at least 2025. Not only that, aside from Jalen Brunson, Dallas’s young players haven’t shown much, so the team has limited trading power in terms of its draft picks and players.”

Porzingis has also reportedly had “dust-ups” with Mavericks star Luka Doncic. He appeared to be unsure of his future with the team after it lost in seven games to the Clippers last week, saying “good question” when asked how he thinks he fits with the team going forward.

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