One of Jason Kidd’s first tasks as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks is figuring out what to do with big man Kristaps Porzingis.
Trade rumors have been surrounding Porzingis ever since the Mavs were bounced from the NBA Playoffs. The former New York Knicks star has failed to become a true No. 2 option alongside superstar Luka Doncic. And some believe the Mavericks could look to trade Porzingis ahead of the 2021-22 season.
By the sound of it, though, Kidd isn’t planning on trading Porzingis. In fact, the new Mavericks head coach called the forward a “perfect fit for Luka” on Thursday, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“He’s a perfect fit for Luka,” Kidd told reporters.
It certainly sounds like Porzingis will be in Dallas for at least one more year.
Jason Kidd on Kristaps Porzingis: “He’s a perfect fit for Luka.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 15, 2021
Is this the right move by Jason Kidd? Only time will tell. But the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis connection hasn’t been too strong so far.
Porzingis was a solid contributor for the Mavericks during the regular season (20.1 point and 8.9 rebounds per game). But he failed to show up when it mattered most in the NBA Playoffs.
During Dallas’ first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Porzingis scored just nine points in Game 3, eight points in Game 5 and seven points in Game 6. Doncic, meanwhile, went off for 44 in Game 3, 42 in Game 5 and 29 in Game 6.
If Kidd ends up keeping Porzingis in Dallas, he needs to find another quality star to place alongside Doncic. Such a quest appears difficult without placing Porzingis on the trade block.