The Dallas Mavericks have started to question whether Kristaps Porzingis is the right second option for superstar Luka Doncic, according to information released Monday by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.
“They definitely sniffed it,” an assistant general manager told BR. “They take the temperature because they know that at some point it’s going to come back.”
The biggest issue for Porzingis has been his defense, especially his decline on this side of the floor since returning from knee surgery on January 13.
A few months ago, Porzingis, 25, was named the All-Bubble second team after averaging 30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, and has been a huge factor for the Mavericks. in their first round game against the LA Clippers last playoffs before. a tear in the meniscus put him on the sidelines.
Since returning from the seven-foot-three cross, the Mavs have a net rating of -4.7 when on the ground.
“It seems it’s impossible for him to take a stand. He looks like a scarecrow over there, ”a Western Conference leader told BR.
“You don’t expect him to necessarily be great at jumping, but I’ve watched Porzingis a few times this year, and I’m not sure the guy can keep anyone.
The Mavs may want to look for a defensive aide in their frontcourt to help Porzingis instead of trading him.
The first name that comes to mind is center Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the two teams haven’t gained ground in those talks.
In the meantime, the team have to think long and hard about what to do with Porzingis in the future.
The former All-Star won’t be an easy decision with three and a half years on a five-year, $ 158 million deal.
“What are the teams that you could in theory see fighting against him?” the Western Conference executive wondered.
“I can’t say this is a contract I would pay to take.”
At this point, the talks are nothing more than talks, but Porzingis, in his fifth year in the league, could find himself on the move again since his trade with the New York Knicks.
However, the young star has a knack for getting back on track, especially once her knee has fully healed.