Mark Cuban is not happy with Kristaps Porzingis’ business reports.
The Mavericks owner told the Dallas Morning News that a Bleacher Report story that the Mavericks have “quietly measured the commercial market” for Porzingis “is not accurate.”
“They’ve definitely sniffed it out,” an NBA assistant general manager told Bleacher Report. “They are taking the temperature, because they know that at some point it will recover.”
The BR report noted that the Mavericks prefer to pair the former Knicks All-Star with a quality big man, such as Cleveland Cavaliers available center Andre Drummond. SNY reported that the Mavericks specifically approached the Warriors for a possible deal.
Porzingis, 25, who signed a five-year extension worth $ 158 million in 2019, is averaging 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 35.2 percent from 3-point range in 17 games this season since returning in January from surgery to repair. an injury to the lateral meniscus of the right knee.
A Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report that he has “looked like a scarecrow” while fighting defensive end this season, adding “I’m not sure the guy can mark anybody.”
That comment particularly upset Cubano.
“And by the way, we are not happy that there is an alleged ‘Western Conference executive’ attacking one of our players,” he wrote to the Dallas Morning News.
“There is no commercial discussion. I think they just used it as a way of expressing what they think of KP. “
The Knicks handed the forward 7-3 to Dallas as he recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery to his left knee, along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke, in January 2019. The highly successful deal cleared the salary cap space and the Knicks scored two future first-round picks, including the Dallas pick this year.
The Mavs (14-15) entered Tuesday ninth in the Western Conference standings and are “re-evaluating whether [Porzingis] can really support [Luka] Doncic as the second choice over a contender, ”according to the report.
“They have kicked the tires of everyone on their list who is not named Luka,” a source told Bleacher Report. “Know [team president] Donnie [Nelson], they are always playing. “
Porzingis missed Monday’s win over Memphis with a low back strain.