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Mark Cuban denies that Kristaps Porzingis is on trade block

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 2/23/2021 Darryn Albert, Larry Brown Sports
Mark Cuban looking at the camera: Mark Cuban insists the Mavericks are not looking to move Kristaps Porzingis. © Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Mark Cuban insists the Mavericks are not looking to move Kristaps Porzingis.

Kristaps Porzingis is staying put in Dallas if you want to take Mark Cuban’s word for it.

The Mavericks owner denied the rumors that emerged this week suggesting that Dallas has gauged the trade market for Porzingis.

“It’s not accurate,” said Cuban, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News. “We have not discussed him in a trade at all. Has not happened.”

Porzingis. 25, has not quite looked like himself this season since returning from meniscus surgery. His surface numbers (20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game) seem strong. But Porzingis is playing extremely poorly on defense and has yet to re-establish himself as a reliable No. 2 option behind Luka Doncic. Dallas is also under .500 (14-15) on the season.

The trade rumors about Porzingis did seem to be pretty believable. But if anything, the Mavs might be better off waiting until Porzingis brings his trade value back up before considering such a dramatic move.

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