The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA this season, and they may hope to change the status quo before the NBA trade deadline a month later.
SNY’s Ian Begley quoted sources as saying on Tuesday that the Mavericks (14-15) reached out to the Warriors to “measure” Golden State’s interest in Christian Porzingis.
Dallas acquired Porzingis in a deal with the New York Knicks in 2019, hoping that the pairing of Porzingis and Luka Docic will bring them to the top of the Western Conference. But the 25-year-old Porzingis had a difficult time in Dallas. Injuries and unstable production made his tenure clouded.
Although Porzingis is still an effective player on offense, his defensive decline may allow the Mavericks to move on. So far this season, when Porzingis is on the court, the Mavericks can score 1
There is no doubt that the Mavericks will find it difficult to move Porzingis, who is in the second year of a five-year, $158.2 million contract.
This salary figure makes him earn $29.4 million per season, which will make him difficult to obtain if the Warriors want it. The Golden State exceeds the luxury tax threshold, so the Warriors cannot get more than 125% of their salary plus the $100,000 they sent.
In short, this means that if the Warriors want to trade Porzingis, they must include both Kelly Ober Jr. ($14.3 million) and Andrew Wiggins or Draymond Green (Draymond). Green) and at the same time take back players like Josh Richardson (to make money to work for Dallas), or replace Oubre, Kevin Looney and James Wiseman with Porzingis. This is something the Warriors won’t be interested in. of.
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This season, Porzingis has averaged 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.3% from the field and 35.2% from the three-point field. But the defense of the 7-foot-3 big man has always been a problem. Perhaps as the knee continues to recover, his speed will return to its original state, but for now, the Mavericks’ defensive ability on the court is much worse.
The Warriors (16-15) have entered a critical moment of the season. They hope to tie the victories together and jump firmly into the playoffs of the Western Conference Finals. But don’t expect Porzingis to pack your bags for the bay. As the trade deadline on March 25 approaches, neither the contract nor the contract on the court meets the Warriors’ requirements.
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