When Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis initially joined the team via trade from the New York Knicks a few seasons back, he was hoping to form a superstar pairing with Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic, but things haven’t exactly gone according to plan.
But following their first round loss in seven games to the Los Angeles Clippers, Porzingis, who struggled mightily during the season, is reportedly a bit frustrated that he is a sort of “after thought” on the team, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“But Porzingis has been frustrated, often feeling more like an afterthought than a co-star as Doncic dominates the ball and the spotlight, sources told ESPN. Porzingis frequently made thinly veiled references during his postgame media availabilities, such as saying the “ball actually moved tonight” after high-scoring performances or stating that the offense didn’t involve him on low-scoring nights.”
With Porzingis under contract through 2023-2024, and Doncic that face of the franchise, the Mavericks will have some serious work to do to get everyone on the same page this offseason.