Editor’s note: This story has been updated.
Thick smoke came out when smoke came out on Monday evening. By Tuesday morning, it was rolling across the country, perhaps in Europe, but especially in North Texas.
According to a report by the “Bleacher Report” quoting Anonymous Alliance sources, the Mavericks were accused of “quietly” monopolizing Kristaps Porzingis’s trading market.
Except for Twitter and the talk show radio on the combustible influence of the story, there is no slightest calm, especially the strong rebuttal of the owner Mark Cuban and the Mavericks organization.
Fires like these seem to have dissipated on Tuesday night, when the late heroism of Luka Doncic allowed Dallas to beat Boston 1
In the first day, Cic went ahead by three points with 15.8 seconds left. Then in Boston, Jaylen Brown tied the score to 107 with 9.5 seconds left, and Doncic stepped back 28 feet.
Unlike the Disney World bubble, in Game 4 of the playoffs, his three-pointer almost beat the Clippers in the same position, while in AAC, fans are celebrated enthusiastically, despite only about 3,000 out of 19,000 seats. Arena of fans.
“After the game, I said,’Imagine if all the crowds are here; it will be better.” Tang Cic said. “But today we really felt the fans, and thank you everyone for coming.”
Don’t need verbal thanks from Tang Cic. After the Mavericks lost an 11-point lead in the final 2:59, he has won with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and bravery.
“He is just a very unique player. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Luka Doncic, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, pull The wiring of Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant has a laser-like focus in these situations and it is difficult to explain how their minds and brains work.
“But from what I have seen over the years, in the thirty years to the present, as the competition has become more and more tense and the timing has increased, their attention is only focused on one thing: that is Everything the team needs can be successful.”
The electric victory was Dallas’ sixth victory in the last seven games, which allowed the Mavericks to reach .500 (15-15) for the first time since January 23. This is the co-star Porzingis needed to end the strange and unfortunate day of Doncic’s absence.
Although it remains to be seen, the story of the Bletch Report is destructive.
At least one month and a day before the March 25th NBA trade deadline, regardless of fairness, a seed has been sown, thinking that the Mavericks may have less confidence in 7-3 Porzingis than his highest contract of $158 million. As implied.
This may explain Cuba’s response.
He said: “This is not accurate.” Dallas Morning News When asked about his reaction to this story. “We never discussed him in the transaction. It didn’t happen.”
A few minutes later, the Cuban unwaveringly expanded the denials and annoyances between him and the team, and set his sights on a source cited in the story.
“By the way, by the way, we are not happy to have a so-called “Western Conference Executive” on one of the players. …I think they are just using it as a way of expressing their views on KP. “
The executive, who asked not to be named, described Porzingis as a defensive scarecrow. He was unable to stand up due to his continuous efforts to restore his body to 100% after undergoing meniscus surgery on his right knee in October.
The reality is that Porzingis is eager to return and missed the first nine games of the season, while Jalen Jackson of Memphis underwent meniscus surgery two months before Porzingis surgery and has not yet returned to action.
The reality is that it would be a huge mistake to trade Porzingis anytime in the near future (especially now). This assessment was supported by several key members of the organization I spoke to on Tuesday.
I was told that Donnie Nelson, Mavericks president and general manager, responded to all General Motors companies that even considered trade talks with Dallas.
“Draw a line under Luka Doncic and Porzingis, and then draw a line under a few participants. This requires an overbid to get.”
Someone told me that the Mavericks had never discussed a Porzingis deal with any franchisee, but once, a team did ask Porzingis.
The source said: “The answer is a quick negative.”
Maybe the inquiry team is Golden State. On Tuesday, Ian Begley of New York-based SNYtv reported that the Mavericks have contacted the Warriors to assess their interest in Porzingis.
This statement ignores the fact that Porzingis trading less than 100% at any time between now and the next month’s deadline will net Dallas 60 cents against the U.S. dollar, if that were the case.
This also ignores the fact that the Mavericks franchise spent most of the decade trying to obtain a second star. The initial search was a few years after the Mavericks won the NBA championship in 2011, looking for the co-star of Dirk Nowitzki. Then, the task of finding Dorcic’s co-star began.
The Mavericks’ outstanding performance in the free agency market over the years proves that Dallas’s greatest hope for a second star is through trade. On January 31, 2019, the Mavericks fell into the then 23-year-old All-Star Game, despite one of the injured people in Porzingis.
Last season, after the roller coaster of his Mavericks career, Porzingis averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds in the last two months of the season.
Then, in the seeded game of the Disney World Bubble, Porzingis and Donkey averaged more than 30 points per game and were the only teammates selected for a 10-man all-seeded team.
If Porzingis hadn’t been bent over in the first game of the playoffs (played nearly three games on his injured knee), the Mavericks might have overturned the Clippers.
So now, after the first two months of this bizarre COVID season (for him) are significantly lower (for him), we should believe that the Mavericks are “sniffing” the trade Porzingis, just as one would not reveal Name’s assistant general manager told Bleacher Report?
In some respects, the story of the “Bleche Report” and its timing are not surprising. This happens when a team and one of its stars perform poorly, regardless of the circumstances that caused the poor performance.
Whirlpool of rumors. Bald circle. Hard questions to answer. For the Mavericks fans, Porzingis’ missed his 13th game on Tuesday is indeed disappointing. And he missed 18 regular season games last season.
For a similar NBA example, the Mavericks don’t need to go far on Tuesday. They are a team shared with the AAC court.
Like Dallas, Boston should be the top team in its meetings. The Celtics, like the Mavericks, have been hit hard by COVID.
The Celtics had a 15-15 AAC record in February and a 5-7 AAC record. That night, young outstanding figures 22-year-old Jayson Tatum and 24-year-old Jaylen Brown were named All-Star Reserves.
A few days ago, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge made a straightforward assessment of his team during a speech on Boston Radio.
“Our roster is obviously not good. …There are no assumptions about this. That’s us. …If anyone is to blame, Danny Angie should.”
Before the trade deadline next month, the Mavericks’ brain trust may also come to the conclusion that the lineup is not good enough, and the offseason defensive enhancements are not enough to make Dallas a contender for the Western Conference this season.
But Porzingis’s abandonment of the deal? right now? Is it serious soon? When the Mavericks finally seemed to change their season, even if Porzingis missed the last two games?
“Nothing was found,” Carlisle said. “I know Mark denied it. I denied that he is a Mavericks. We hope he will be here.”
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