Kristaps Porzingis will probably not play for the Dallas this season, Mavs owner Mark Cuban told ESPN.
The Latvian, who suffered an ACL rupture in February 2018, is supposed to cure it in peace. The 23-year-old makes good progress and recently trained again for about 45 minutes on the field. Even dunks were on the program.
Since a Mavericks playoff chances become quite unlikely this season, the franchise does not want to rush and they want to fit the Big Man to start the training camp.
Porzingis’ knee is healing well
Porzingis was thoroughly checked by the doctors of the New York Knicks in January. They attested to a good healing process of the injured knee. The forward, who was invited to the All-Star Game last year, will be officially introduced to the Mavericks on Monday.
Together with rookie Luka Doncic, the Latvian should form the future of the franchise, even though Porzingis will be the Restricted Free Agent after this season, and is not yet committed to a long-term commitment in Dallas. In addition to Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, who had a good relationship with Porzingis even before the trade is going to help to persuade Porzingis to stay in Dallas.
Should Porzingis, however, be available only for the upcoming season, Nowitzki and Porzingis would no longer be together on the floor as it currently indicates much on a career end of the German after this season.
Head Coach Rick Carlisle is already looking forward to working with the 7 ft 3 high Porzingis:
“Of course we think Porzingis is a great, young talent, in many ways he resembles Dirk,” Carlisle told radio station 103.3 FM ESPN, adding: “The situation is reminiscent of the constellation with Dirk and Steve Nash, only that these guys are bigger. “