3. Mavericks give up on Porzingis
It was shocking to see the New York Knicks move on from Kristaps Porzingis so soon after drafting him. He had reached the All-Star Game at 22 years of age before being traded for a few picks and assets. Was this another example of the Knicks being an incompetent franchise, or were they onto something?
Porzingis missed the entire 2018-19 NBA season due to injury. Recently, he underwent surgery to recover from a torn meniscus in his leg. Porzingis’ inability to stay on the floor and carry a heavy load could be enough reason for the Mavericks to flip him for assets before it’s too late.
From the Warriors perspective, taking a chance on Porzingis could be worth it. He might have a better chance of staying healthy on the Dubs as they wouldn’t rely on him nearly as much as other teams would. This adjustment to his usage could prolong his career.
As for the Mavericks, they gain a young forward in Andrew Wiggins to pair with Luka Doncic. Combine this with a top pick in the upcoming draft and the Mavericks would have a nice haul in return for a potentially injured star.
In order to make this work, the Warriors would also need to snag Seth Curry. Curry would make a great backup for his brother and solidifies this trade being a beneficial one for the Dubs.