League Perception Is Mavericks Have Made Kristaps Porzingis Available In Trade Talks

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Kristaps Porzingis is in the second season of a five-year, $158 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks and “the perception among executives around the league is that he is available” via trade, reports ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Both Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle have publicly said the Mavericks have not engaged in trade discussions regarding Porzingis.

Porzingis’ time with the Mavericks has been hindered by injuries and uneven play.

“I feel like I’m getting there,” Porzingis said. “I still have to keep working. After you get the surgery, the leg is not feeling the same, so you have to keep working on that strength and make sure it’s strong and stable and you feel confident at the end. It’s nonstop work, but I’m feeling better each day and each game, and I’m putting in the work. That just gives me the confidence that I can go out there and play and play freely.

“I’m looking forward to the second part of the season.”