Does this trade make sense for the Mavericks?
A move to trade Kristaps Porzingis would really depend on where the Dallas Mavericks are at by midseason. They did not trade him in the offseason, which could mean they did not get the value they originally wanted for him, but this could also mean that Dallas still believes that he and Doncic can be something special together.
It is hard to believe that the Mavericks would look to trade Porzingis at the beginning of the 2021-22 season unless they got a huge deal for him, which this simply is not.
Thaddeus Young, Lonnie Walker IV, and Kenrich Williams are three key talents that Dallas could utilize in their second unit for more depth, but this trade does not really further them along in terms of becoming a championship contender.
Out of all the players involved in this trade, Kristaps Porzingis is still the best pure talent, which is why it is not a smart move for the Mavericks to trade him yet.
If by midseason, Dallas is struggling and Porzingis is the central source of their struggles, then they may very much look to make a trade like this just to get his contract off their checkbooks, but at the same time, Kristaps Porzingis is a former All-Star.
In two seasons with the Mavericks, the Latvian big man has averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and has shot 36.2% from three-point land, making him one of the key performers on Dallas’ roster.
Giving him up may not be the best thing for them to do, which is why this is not a trade we should expect to see anytime soon from the Mavericks’ point of view.