Dallas Mavericks: Grading the Kristaps Porzingis signing
Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis agreed to a five-year max deal on June 30. Here is an in-depth look at that move from a Mavs perspective.
Dallas Mavericks fans got their wish when free agency opened. They were hoping to secure Kristaps Porzingis on a long-term deal. That would give the Mavs two All-Star level talents under the age of 24.
Porzingis was a restricted free agent and had the chance to play hardball. It did not happen, though. Marc Stein reported, KP and the Mavs agreed to a five-year $158 million max contract just seconds after free agency opened on June 30. The signing cannot be made official until July 6.
Assuming the deal gets finalized, let us take an in-depth look at the signing starting with the trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.
A look back at the trade
The Mavs and New York Knicks agreed to the out of nowhere blockbuster on Jan. 31. Dallas traded away Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan, an unprotected 2021 first round pick, and a top-ten protected 2023 first round pick to acquire Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke.
The Mavericks moved all in on acquiring the 23-year-old to pair with Luka Doncic. The front office envisions the duo winning a lot of basketball games in Dallas. Porzingis is one of the most difficult covers in the NBA and could blossom into a superstar in Dallas. The Mavs paid a significant price in the deal because of KP’s skills.