Kristaps Porzingis hints at long-term deal with Dallas Mavericks

Kristaps Porzingis

If all works out, the combination of Porzingis and rookie phenom Luka Doncic could bring about a new era of contending for the Mavericks.

"Every relationship takes time to build", Porzingis said.

The 23-year-old said he's well ahead of schedule rehabbing the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, but he will not play this season.

No matter how you grade the trade between the Knicks and the Mavericks you can't be thrilled that "The Unicorn" Kristaps Porzingis is no longer a Knick.

Apparently, Cuban believes he's learned from that infamous decision, judging from what he told The New York Times' Marc Stein.

Unless the Lakers extend a "Godfather offer" complete with young players and a chest of future first-round draft picks, the Pelicans seem intent to wait for the summer. Doncic already looks like one of the best rookies in recent memory and no player possesses both Porzingis' size and shooting ability.

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Porzingis probably won't get to play with the European star he grew up watching: Dirk Nowitzki.

Porzingis, who tore his left ACL on February 6, 2018, hasn't played since and won't play for the Mavs until next season. Check back next season when we finally found out how much it could pay off on the court.

"I get excited every time I think about it", Porzingis said. "I'll try to use every moment I have to bother him with some questions and some good stories that he has".

While that might be encouraging for Mavericks fans to hear, the time for Cuban to put his money where his mouth is isn't very far away.

The Knicks made Porzingis available in the trade market in large part due to indications from his camp that he did not envision a long-term future in NY and was willing to make a major financial sacrifice this summer to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. "In today's world of social media and things go a zillion miles an hour and we're going to blink and it's going to be media day in September 2019 and we'll be ready to go".

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