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Mavericks and Knicks fans are going to read the headline and believe I need to set up an immediate session with Frasier Crane but truly, if we look back since Feb. 1, 2019 till now, I wholeheartedly believe that the Dallas Mavericks Cheap Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey won the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

The Knicks (currently 19-18 ) are in playoff contention for the first time since the 40 year-old Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler 2013 team. Dallas native Julius Randle is having a remarkable break-out season and Wholesale Dallas Mavericks Jerseys the Knicks actually look….impressive?

Even with their potentially promising future with a playoff berth this year, Dallas already received that last year in a thrilling six game series with an NBA Finals favorite in the Los Angeles Clippers and Cheap Jason Kidd Jersey will be in the playoff hunt for all of the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis era. As Porzingis is two games away from approaching 82 total games as a Dallas Maverick, I want to state my reasons why two years in, Dallas (currently 18-16) has won the Porzingis trade.

Damn Knicks are so dumb 2k wouldn’t even allow that trade pic.twitter.com/LbcTvyLn8c

— Devin Sharkey (@dsharkey_14) January 31, 2019
Dennis Smith Jr was a bust in New York
When the Mavs acquired Porzingis, Dallas gave the Knicks Cheap Tyson Chandler Jersey in return Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, a 2021 first round pick as well as 2023 first round pick (conditional on the Mavericks not moving up in the 2019 lottery, which they did not, otherwise those picks would’ve Cheap Wesley Matthews Jersey been 2022 and 2024). Smith was a second year super athletic guard who was supposed to be the scoring guard of the future for the Cheap Tim Hardaway Jr. Jersey Knicks. He showed amazing flashes as an All-Rookie for the Mavs and was set for a big role for the Mavericks his sophomore year until Luka Doncic started doing Luka Doncic things and that marriage never seemed to quite work.

It was only right the Mavs traded him and he was the biggest player-asset Dallas gave up to get Porzingis. Once traded to the Knicks, the injury bug hit Smith and new coach Tom Thibodeau’s strategy to play his Cheap Luka Doncic Jersey best players the entire game created a shorter rotation which left Smith on the bench. This caused him to eventually get traded to the Pistons, where he is now trying to rejuvenate his career.

“I’m not sure but I will say I’m thankful for the opportunity that they gave me”

– Dennis Smith Jr. on his time with the Knicks and Cheap Kristaps Porzingis Jersey why he thinks things didn’t work out in New York pic.twitter.com/HkyxD9W49R

— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) February 10, 2021
So if you were to tell me Dallas gave up three guys who are not even on the Knicks two years later (Wesley Matthews Cheap Courtney Lee Jersey only played one game for New York) for an 7’3” 25 year old who is averaging 20 points and 8 rebounds and not even at his full-self then I’ll take that deal seven days a week and twice on Tuesday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is that guy!
My personal but brutally straightforward opinion — if you got the best player in a trade, it’s hard for me to say that you lost a trade. If you received the best two players in a trade… it’s no question who ‘won’.

As our own Ben Zajdel stated this past weekend: “[Tim] Hardaway has become an integral part of the Mavericks’ roster.”

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Tim Hardaway Jr. Is no longer a bad contract waiting to be traded
Tim Hardaway Jr. through 123 games as a Maverick is averaging 16 points per game while shooting 39% from deep and establishing himself as one of the microwave-type players in the league. The Knicks gave Dallas Hardaway as a “salary dump veteran” but I bet they wish they had his veteran experience and consistent shooting stroke to go along with some of those young guards such as Immanuel Cheap Tim Hardaway Jersey Quickley and R.J Barrett.

Also if you are a true Mavericks fan you must know when Tim Hardaway Sr. attends a Mavs game, Hardaway puts up nuclear performances and nearly guarantees a win when he’s there. It’s hard for me to go against those odds as if he were to attend every single Dallas game, I would take my savings, put it into my checking account, and head to Vegas to place a bet on the Mavericks winning the Larry O’Brien.

Dallas needed a second star… who is not old
There’s a funny line in The Office where Steve Carrell’s character Michael Scott, a profound idiot, says “you know what they say. Fool me once, strike one, but fool me twice…strike three.”

In terms of free agency/trade acquisitions, Dallas was on strike three a decade ago. Whether it’s letting Tyson Chandler walk in 2011, not signing prime Deron Williams, not signing prime Dwight Howard, the prime DeAndre Jordan fiasco, signing Williams only after he lost his secret stuff, trading for Rajon Rondo in 2014 when Dallas was legitimately awesome, to signing DeAndre Jordan four years later just to trade him half a season in and recently missing out on Kemba Walker. Stars do not sign in Dallas and that’s okay — that’s why if Dallas can do a mid-season trade for one, they should hop on it.

Dallas needs to get a star who is on his way towards reaching his potential or entering his prime and they got that with Porzingis. They took the risk of taking Porzingis off of a knee injury from the Knicks but that move turned into the 2020 Mavs having the most efficient offensive team in NBA history with an offensive net rating of 115.9 per 100 possessions.

Porzingis, when healthy, is the perfect big man to go along Doncic for the future and the best time that showed was in the six games in the bubble last season where Porzingis averaged 30.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. His ability to pick and pop, taking advantage of a mismatch for the opposing center, creating immaculate spacing for Doncic and the shooters was a sight to see. Thanks to this historic offense, the Mavericks were able to break a four year playoff hiatus.

The Knicks could have had a better deal!
So the Knicks did sign Julius Randle and Marcus Morris in the Summer of 2019 and traded Morris for a first round pick which turned out to be Immanuel Quickly.

Great move, no question.

But they had enough cap space to not do the Porzingis trade, keep him and sign Julius Randle to play along with he and RJ Barrett. Instead they were impatient. If they wanted to trade Porzingis, his value was way higher than what the Mavericks gave them unless they thought Dallas was going to be a lottery team in the next three years and overrated the value of those two first round picks they received.

Players such as D’Angelo Russell, Blake Griffin and Andrew Wiggins were traded for way more value than Porzingis when he is in the same group if not higher caliber of talent. Ex-Knicks President Steve Mills said they had eight potential trade scenarios with one being a possible Pelicans Anthony Davis trade. Trading away such a high potential talent for no return to show for it now but two future draft picks is a tough loss.

The idea that #Knicks had to trade @kporzee to clear cap for two max free agents is a joke. Everyone knew this free agent class was loaded years ago, so why did the Knicks dig themselves a cap hole, instead of preparing to sign two max deals, AND KEEP KRISTAPS PORZINGIS???

— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) January 31, 2019
The Knicks’ front office claimed doing the trade with the Mavericks originally was to create cap space for a possible big free agent signing of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant summer of 2019 and dump Hardaway’s and Courtney Lee’s contract but they paid a premium. Not only did they lose out on both guys but they went down the street to play in Barclays Center and take DeAndre Jordan with them. These consistent misses caused President Steve Mills and coach David Fizdale to be without NBA jobs to this day.

KP is still a unicorn
Yes, I know the main reason New York Media outlets believe they won the trade is because Porzingis have missed a ton of games in his tenure as a Maverick. Healthy Porzingis still has major superstar upside. Porzingis’s potential to be a major building block of the future is still high.

Porzingis is not being asked to be the main guy now, he’s a secondary option and possibly can be good enough to be a second option on a contending team if he can put up the stats he had in his sole All-Star season in New York.

It’s no question that if he shows the desire to be elite, he can truly cement himself as an elite big man in today’s NBA. One step in the right direction for Porzingis is next offseason, be able to train without worrying about rehabbing another injury so he can start the season ready to take contact better. Hopefully working on his body and getting a better diet will cause him not to be so injury prone.

In regards to the original trade, even if Porzingis misses some games, Doncic is so good the Mavericks floor can only be so low. It’s doubtful the Knicks will receive a lottery pick. I can confidently say I don’t believe there is no non-lottery pick in the 2022 draft as well as the 2023 draft that will have more talent and upside than Kristaps Porzingis.

The only way Dallas can lose this trade is if something catastrophic happens to Porzingis or the rest of the team. I think Mark Cuban is willing to take on that risk and the Mavericks are better for it.

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If, unlike Mark Cuban, you don’t routinely cross-pollinate sports and popular culture, perhaps you missed his “exclusive” Mavericks pronouncement a few days ago.

During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Cuban was interrogated by Ryan Seacrest about persisting Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors. Before Cheap Dallas Mavericks Jerseys Seacrest even Cheap Dennis Rodman Jersey completed his question, Cuban, via video, vigorously shook his head and frowned for emphasis.

“We’re not trading KP,” Cuban said, further Cheap Dwight Powell Jersey declaring: “KP’s a star. It’s not going to happen, Ryan. You heard it here first. It’s definitely not going to happen.”

There you have it. Understand, Cuban occasionally fibs to sportswriters (“Everything is fine with Lamar Odom”), but tell a white lie to Seacrest and Kelly Ripa? With America as their witness? Never!

With Porzingis off the Cheap Tyson Chandler Jersey market, not that he was on it to start with, there is little to no chance that the Mavericks make a seismic trade before Thursday’s 2 p.m. deadline. Outside of its Big Two of Porzingis and Luka Doncic, Dallas doesn’t have enough coveted players or draft picks to feasibly make a big trade.

Define big? For instance, Mavs fan Cheap Delon Wright Jersey Twitter darlings Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon and their pipe-dream target, Bradley Beal.

For different reasons, I don’t expect Dallas to pursue Victor Oladipo and his expiring $21 million contract.

Given Josh Richardson’s recent Cheap Justin Jackson Jersey surge, why would the Mavericks fork over assets to rent a player coming off a serious quad injury? A load-managed guard who has played only 27 games? A player who, yes, is averaging 21.2 points, but is Cheap Luka Doncic Jersey shooting 40% from the field and 31% from 3-point range?

Then there is 6-11, 270-pound object of perpetual fan wanderlust Andre Drummond. If acquiring Drummond was as cheap as the Cavaliers’ reported asking price of a second-round pick, I’m told that, sure, Dallas would have interest, but it’s anything but that simple.

Drummond, 27, makes $28.7 million Cheap Kristaps Porzingis Jersey this season, the last on his contract. To acquire him by trade from Cleveland, hard-capped Dallas would have to send approximately the same value in return.

Is it possible to package, say, James Johnson ($15.8 million salary), Dwight Powell ($11 million) and a second-round pick? Yes, but I’m told the Mavericks have no interest in doing anything like that. And why would the Cavs would be interested Cheap Courtney Lee Jersey in Powell, 14 months removed from tearing his Achilles, and his two additional contract years at $11 million per?

If Drummond isn’t traded by Thursday’s deadline and agrees to a buyout with Cleveland, I’m told that of course Dallas would be among Cheap Willie Cauley-Stein Jersey the teams interested in signing him. It’s far more likely, though, that he would choose to go to a title contender like Brooklyn, the Lakers or Clippers.

So if a major deal is unlikely, if not out of the question, where does that leave the Mavericks? Clearly, climbing from 14th in the Western Conference on Feb. 7 to their Cheap Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Jersey current No. 8 position if anything would make them buyers, not sellers.

But how motivated are they to buy?

Cuban in recent interviews has Cheap Tim Hardaway Jersey preached patience, saying on the Mavs Step Back Podcast that unless Dallas somehow can acquire a “game-changing star, I don’t see us doing anything at all. If it’s not going to move the needle, I’d rather go with continuity.”

The Mavericks, though, are a famously Cheap James Johnson Jersey unpredictable franchise, with Cuban demanding a leak-proof culture. If anything, the Cuban Era has been one of fake left, go right when it comes to acquisitions.

This is the 22nd trade deadline since Cuban’s January 2000 purchase of the franchise. On nine occasions the franchise has made what could be classified as a significant trade, including three of the past four years.

On two other occasions there have been minor trades. And of the 10 times Dallas didn’t make a trade, it on several occasions Cheap Josh Richardson Jersey supplemented the roster with free-agent or buyout signings: Dennis Rodman in 2000; Peja Stojakovic and Corey Brewer in 2011; David Lee in 2016; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last season.

FILE – Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein (33) dunks the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
FILE – Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein (33) dunks the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at American Airlines Center in Dallas.(Ashley Landis / Staff Photographer)
Speaking of last year, here’s what Cuban told me a few days before the trade deadline, at which time Dallas was 31-20 and tied for sixth in the West.

“We kept this team together for a reason,” he said, adding that trade acquisitions Porzingis, Tim Hardaway, Courtney Lee and Justin Jackson had been “huge positives. All the guys we signed, Seth [Curry], D-Wright [Delon Wright] and Boban [Marjanovic] have been amazing.”

“It’s a good group of guys. That’s why we’re in no rush to do anything at all,” Cuban said.

By then Dallas already had traded Cheap Tyrell Terry Jersey second-round pick Isaiah Roby and acquired Willie Cauley-Stein, but that wasn’t so much a deadline deal as it was out of necessity after Powell’s Achilles rupture.

In reality, Dallas already had its eye on Toronto’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Charlotte’s Kidd-Gilchrist, the latter of whom they signed after he arranged a buyout from Charlotte.

And hours after the trade deadline, The News learned that the Mavericks had a three-team deal in place with the Lakers and Knicks to acquire Danny Green in the event the Knicks traded Marcus Morris Sr. to the Lakers. Dallas would have given up Lee’s expiring contract and the Golden State second-round pick that eventually became Tyrell Terry.

The Knicks, though, traded Morris to the Clippers, foiling Dallas’ plan to fortify its roster with playoff-proven Green, though at the time no one knew the coronavirus would cause the playoffs to be delayed four months and to take place on the Disney World campus.

See? Fake left, go right, or at least make the attempt.

And guess what? By the start of this season, Curry, Wright and Jackson no longer were Mavericks.

The point is, Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson always are looking to upgrade the roster, even while sending smoke signals that they aren’t.

The brain trust’s thinking entering last year’s trade deadline was that if it could acquire a player who potentially could mean the difference between a first-round playoff exit and advancing at least to the second round, then giving up assets would be worthwhile.

Dallas’ roster evaluation entering this trade deadline should if anything be even more ambitious.

Advancing to last year’s second round would have been a windfall. This year, anything less would be considered as failure.

Treading water from a playoff standpoint from Doncic’s second season to his third? In some respects, such an occurrence would be a year wasted. Extending the franchise’s playoff-series win drought to a 10th year? Imagine the fan base howls.

The January broadsiding of the Mavericks’ playing rotation by COVID-19 certainly has complicated any evaluation of the roster, but you’d better believe that if the Mavericks do or attempt nothing before Thursday’s deadline or in the ensuing buyout period, it’s because the current roster has been deemed at least second-round plausible.

And if you haven’t noticed, opportunity is more available in the Western Conference than it appeared a few weeks ago. Utah suddenly is struggling. Anthony Davis’ injury absence continues in Lakerland and on Saturday LeBron James sustained a high ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. Yes, Phoenix swept Dallas 3-0 this season, but the winning margins were one, four and six points.

Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) is guarded by Knicks forward Reggie Bullock (25) during the second quarter of a game on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in New York. (Wendell Cruz/Pool Photo via AP)
Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) is guarded by Knicks forward Reggie Bullock (25) during the second quarter of a game on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in New York. (Wendell Cruz/Pool Photo via AP)(Wendell Cruz)
It’s clear that the Mavericks need better rebounding than their current 26th-in-the-league average. Can the improvement come from within, as the team’s 13-5 record since Feb. 3 suggests is possible?

Dallas is 20th in the league in 3-point percentage (35.6), which probably explains why the Mavericks in recent weeks reportedly had interest in New Orleans’ JJ Redick.

Redick, though, is 36, is shooting only 36% from 3-point distance and has been out the past two weeks with a hamstring strain.

Also, Redick is on an expiring $13 million contract. A more logical and less expensive Mavericks target, if the brain trust believes a sharpshooter is needed, is Wayne Ellington, for whom the Pistons reportedly want a second-round pick.

Ellington is 33, is averaging 42.2% shooting from 3-point distance and is on an expiring veteran minimum contract ($2.5 million).

Oh, and when Ellington was a Maverick during the 2013-14 season, Carlisle raved about his professionalism. Ellington shot a career-best 42.4% from 3-point distance that season, but playing time was not plentiful and the following summer he was packaged in the deal to bring back Tyson Chandler.

No one from the Mavericks is asking me, but Ellington is the playoff-insurance guy I would add, although Dallas’ roster admittedly is crowded with guards.

Regardless, until 2:01 p.m. Thursday, it’s best to take anything Cuban says about the trade deadline with a healthy dose of salt.

Unless, of course, he gives the exclusive to Ryan and Kelly.

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Kyle Lowry did not achieve NBA excellence immediately, but his career resumé still shows the checkpoints of an all-timer. On Monday, the long-time Raptors point guard continued another march into the record books.

With his first make from beyond the arc against the Blazers, Lowry passed renowned shooter Dale Ellis for sole possession of 22nd place on Custom Dallas Mavericks Jerseys the all-time 3-point makes list with 1,720. Lowry passed Ellis with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 6:24 left in the first quarter. He finished with 17 points on 5-for-17 shooting (and a 3-for-12 showing on 3-pointers) in Toronto’s 112-111 loss to Portland.

Former Sacramento Kings star Peja Stojakovic is next on the list with 1,760 career 3-pointers. Lowry hasn’t averaged fewer than two 3s a game since the 2014-15 campaign, and has finished in the league’s top 10 in makes from distance in Cheap Dale Ellis Jersey three different seasons.

The 24th pick in the 2006 draft by Memphis, Lowry was later traded to Houston and Toronto. It was with the Raptors that he ultimately became the franchise’s long-term starting point guard, earning six All-Star appearances and serving as the emotional leader of their 2019 championship team.