ESPN’s Tim MacMahon has recently reported that Kristaps Porzingis is not happy with his role in Dallas. “But Porzingis has been frustrated, often feeling more like an afterthought than a co-star as Doncic dominates the ball and the spotlight,” stated MacMahon in his article.
In many post-game press conferences, Porzingis hasn’t hidden his frustration. He’s expressed his issues with the way the offense is run. This season especially the Mavericks have focused the offense heavily on Luka, which often leaves Porzingis on the side watching. This was especially apparent in their recent playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Luka recently added to the uncertainty of the situation. When asked about his and Porzingis’ future and fit together he gave a cryptic answer, and even hinted towards a Porzingis trade.
The Mavericks lost in 7 games in what was an extremely back and forth series. The Mavericks had a 2-0 lead at one point, and neither team won a home game until game 7. Luka was incredible in the series averaging 35.7 points and 10.3 assists a game. Porzingis, on the other hand, didn’t play as large of a role. He averaged 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds a game.
He was most often used as a decoy, just playing off Luka to give him more space. Most of his buckets in the series came off of cuts from the corners where he was spreading the floor. This role probably isn’t what he imagined when he came to Dallas. He anticipated more of a 1a and 1b scenario, according to MacMahon. It’s well documented that Luka and Porzingis aren’t close off the court, and it feels like they aren’t very close on it either.
According to owner Mark Cuban, Dallas isn’t looking to change coaches this offseason. This means that a move would have to be made on the roster. Porzingis is the most apparent name to be moved, but his massive contract makes that a bit harder to do. It remains to be seen what Dallas will do this offseason but moving Porzingis could be beneficial for both sides.