Porzingis Ready for 5-on-5, Kemba Walker Believed as Team’s #1 Target
The Dallas Mavericks have found a future star in the form of Luka Doncic and are excited to pair him with Kristaps Porzingis next season.
Speaking of which, the All-Star big man is taking massive strides in his recovery from a torn ACL and will finally be able to participate in full contact 5-on-5 drills. Head Coach Rick Carlisle said he was very impressed with Porzingis’ work in 3-on-3 drills, and while it is beginning to seem as though Porzingis is just about ready to make his return, the Mavericks plan to keep him out for the remainder of the season.
“Today I played three-on-three. Tomorrow is going to be my first five-on-five practice, full on, without any restrictions at all,” said Porzingis during the Mavs game.
In other news, the Mavs are already looking towards the 2019 offseason, with their biggest free agent target being said to be Kemba Walker.
The 28-year old star point guard has spent his entire career in Charlotte with the Hornets and despite repeatedly expressing his desires to remain with the team which drafted him, the Hornets’ inability to build a competitive team around Walker may force the former UConn Husky to look at other opportunities.
“At this point, based on scuttlebutt around the league but without direct clarity from his side, it feels like he’s more likely to leave than stay,” said Sam Amick of The Athletic in a recent Q-and-A.
The Mavericks appear to be on the cusp on establishing themselves as a playoff team once again.