The Dallas Mavericks did not make that ground-shaking trade this NBA offseason that many thought they could. They found a minimal market around the league for Kristaps Porzingis, which is understandable.
Porzingis struggled mightily during the 2021 postseason in a first-round matchup against the LA Clippers. Teams aren’t going to line up for a player that can’t perform when the lights are brightest, not to mention the other red flags he has.
Porzingis has a lengthy injury history that is unlikely to improve with age. Those injuries have played a part in the consistency and defensive struggles during the 2020-21 season.
Not to mention, his massive contract is something that executives around the league have described as an albatross.
The Mavericks need to find someone that can be the sidekick to Luka Doncic that they need to get to the next level. If they do not believe Porzingis can accomplish that any longer, they will have to begin looking elsewhere.
While we are a few weeks away from training camp, there is time for big trades to get done. While the Mavericks may not find a taker for Porzingis, that does not mean they are without options to upgrade the roster.
One player that could help them right away is Houston Rockets center Christian Wood. Over at Bleacher Report, Wood to the Mavericks was one of the blockbuster deals mentioned that could still happen.
A deal of Dwight Powell and 2025 first-round pick for Wood is what was proposed. Why should the Dallas Mavericks do this deal? Let’s examine it from their perspective as to why they should pursue it.