Kristaps Porzingis‘ name has been heard in several trade rumors over the past year, but Mark Cuban flat out denied that the Mavericks ever shopped him in an interview with Mark Medina of NBA.com.
“That’s not true. Why would I do that at all?” Cuban said. “Trades like that, you always end up further behind. When you trade a superstar, you never get the best end of it.”
Porzingis has struggled to live up to expectations alongside Luka Doncic after being acquired from the Knicks in February 2019. However, KP seems to be finally finding his niche in Dallas, as he’s averaging 23.9 points on 51 percent shooting to go along with 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks over his last nine games.
“I’ve always believed that KP hasn’t played his best basketball yet. Now you’re seeing why we didn’t trade him,” Cuban said. “He’s a great player. He’s a good dude. All of my experiences with him have been positive. So why would we do that? But that’s NBA Twitter and that’s Mavs Twitter. That’s what they do. They’re probably trying to trade Luka right now.”
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