Mavericks gauging trade value of former Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis: report
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The Dallas Mavericks measure the commercial value of former Knicks star Kristaps Porzinigis, league sources Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report say.
According to sources, the Mavs have started to wonder if the 25-year-old 7-3 center is really the right man to be the second option for their superstar security guard Luka Doncic.
"They were definitely sniffing at him," a deputy general manager told B / R. "They take the temperature because they know it will come sometime."
Their biggest problem remains Porzinigis' defense, particularly his steady decline on this side of the floor since his return from knee surgery on Jan. 13.
Just a few months ago, Porzingis was named the second all-bubble team in Orlando after averaging 30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game and was a force for them in the first round of the playoffs until he got with a meniscus tear failed.
Since his return, Dallas has a net rating of -4.7 when on the floor.
"It looks like he's unable to take a stance. He looks like a scarecrow out there," said a manager with the Western Conference. "You don't expect him to be great from the jump, but I've seen Porzingis a couple of times this year and I'm not sure if the guy can protect anyone."
The Mavericks may want to put a strong defensive piece in the forecourt to help him instead, Andre Drummond, but they still have no traction between the two teams.
In the meantime, the Mavs may have to consider trading the former All-Star for a long time. But even if so, who knows whether they can actually make it with his contract - another 3.5 years on a five-year contract worth 158 million US dollars.
"Who are teams that you could theoretically see behind you?" the manager of the Western Conference wondered. "I can't say that's a contract I would pay for."
Talks remain tentative for now, but Porzingis' journey since trading with the Knicks could continue to be bumpy.
However, the young star has more than enough talent to get back on track, especially when his knee is completely healed.
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