On June 26th, , 247Sports reporter Mike Fisher reported a piece of news. Multiple sources revealed that the Mavericks will provide Porzingis with a five-year contract worth $158 million.
Porzingis took the initiative to seek a deal this season. He was sent to the Mavericks by the Knicks in January this year, along with Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr., and the Knicks got Jr.
Dennis Smith, Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two valuable future first-round picks.
The Lone Ranger team’s transaction cost is not small, not only sent two first-round picks, but also sent two expired contracts of Matthews and Jordan.
The Lone Ranger team also sent a very talented player like Smith Jr. He was the No. 9 pick in 2017 and was also the key training object of the Lone Ranger team in the 2017-18 season.
In addition, the Lone Ranger team also ate the contracts of Courtney Lee and Hardaway Jr. Courtney Lee’s contract currently has 1 year and 12.8 million US dollars left, while Hardaway Jr.’s contract has 2 years and 37 million US dollars left.
Porzingis became a restricted free agent this summer, and the Mavericks are the only team in the league that can offer a five-year, $158 million contract.
It is precisely because of paying so much to trade Porzingis that the Mavericks will renew his contract regardless of the cost.
Porzingis is definitely worth it for the Mavericks when he is healthy. He was the fourth pick in the first round in 2015 and has grown into an all-around insider after entering the league.
The 2017-18 season was the third season of Porzingis’ career. He averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game, and his three-point shooting percentage was as high as 39.5%.
Porzingis was successfully selected to the Eastern All-Star team, and the Mavericks once achieved unprecedented success with Nowitzki, so this made them believe that the players from Europe are by no means inferior to the native American players.
Doncic also proved this point, he won the Rookie of the Year award.
And Porzingis is the player who plays the most like Nowitzki in the NBA today, but he has a huge problem, that is, injuries.
In the past 2018-19 season, Porzingis did not play even a game.
In the first three seasons of his career, Porzingis played 72, 66 and 48 games in turn, and his attendance rate was getting lower and lower.
The Philadelphia 76ers added complex attendance requirements to Joel Embiid’s five-year, $150 million contract to reduce the risk of player injuries.
The contract of Porzingis has not yet been finalized. This requires a game between the Mavericks management and Porzingis. Cuban can follow the example of the 76ers and sign such a contract with Porzingis
But Porzingis has already taken the initiative. The reason is simple. The loss of the Mavericks losing him is far greater than the salary it costs him to renew his contract with the maximum salary.
Moreover, the Mavericks are eager to create an ace combination of Porzingis and Doncic in the future. Even Nowitzki chose to retire to make room for Porzingis.
I have to admire Mark Cuban, the owner of the Mavericks team. He has devoted too much effort to this team, and he has not hesitated in the player’s contract.
The story between Cuban and Nowitzki has long been a good story. Can he and Porzingis create the same wonderful story?