Mark Cuban Comments on Wanting to Trade for Kristaps Porzingis

December 8th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban heard comparisons between the face of his franchise, Dirk Nowitzki, and New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis leading up to and after the Mavs' 104-97 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Cuban spoke afterward about how he would have traded for the 20-year-old Latvian, who's taken the NBA by storm this season, if it were feasible, per's Ken Berger: "It's funny because everywhere I went [after the draft] and dealt with New York basketball fans, they were like, 'Oh, man.' And I was like, 'No, you don't understand.' We would've traded up in a heartbeat to get that kid. We loved him."   

The Knicks drafted Porzingis No. 4 overall, which was a bit out of Dallas' range with the 21st selection, where it chose Virginia product Justin Anderson.

Per Berger, Nowitzki was complimentary of Porzingis, saying, "When I was 20, I was scared to death out there and had a brutal first year. He's averaging almost a double-double. He's way better than I was at 20, so the comparison's probably unfair to him."

Had Cuban's fantasy materialized, the Mavs ...

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