The Dallas Mavericks are one team that many people are going to have their eyes on this NBA offseason. After losing their first-round matchup to the LA Clippers in seven games, an unexpected massive overhaul began.
The front office saw a shakeup, as Mavericks mainstay Donnie Nelson mutually agreed to part ways with the organization. Just days after that, another bombshell occurred as head coach Rick Carlisle decided to step down from his position. Carlisle was the team’s head coach for 13 seasons and had two years remaining on his contract but decided to step down.
Before all of this news, the biggest story was what the team would do with Kristaps Porzingis. The former All-Star has looked like a shell of himself at times and no longer looks the part of superstar sidekick to Doncic.
There should be some interest around the league in him, but Dallas has been working for months to flip him to another team. One of those teams is the Golden State Warriors.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Mavericks approached the Warriors before the NBA Trade Deadline on a deal centered around Porzingis and Kelly Oubre Jr. While Oubre Jr. struggled at times in Golden State, this would have afforded Dallas a chance to get out of Porzingis’ contract and rebuild around Doncic again.
Oubre Jr. is heading into free agency, so this deal could be re-visited in a sign-and-trade scenario, but the old regime was the one initiating these calls; it is anyone’s guess if the new regime will be interested in acquiring Oubre Jr. this offseason, let alone including Kristaps Porzingis in a deal for him.
Kelly Oubre Jr. will be a name to watch later this summer as he has been linked to numerous teams already. The Brooklyn Nets tried to acquire him via a trade centered around Spencer Dinwiddie. The New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs have been linked to Oubre Jr. as free agent destinations as well.