Mark Cuban isn’t proud of Kristaps Porzingis’ commerce experiences.

The Mavericks proprietor informed the Dallas Morning News {that a} Bleacher Report story claiming the Mavericks have “quietly gauged the commerce market” for Porzingis are “not correct.”

“They’ve positively sniffed round on him,” an NBA assistant normal supervisor informed Bleacher Report. “They’re taking the temperature, as a result of they know in some unspecified time in the future it’s gonna come round.”

The BR report famous that the Mavericks desire to pair the previous Knicks All-Star with a high quality massive man, akin to obtainable Cleveland Cavaliers heart Andre Drummond. SNY reported that the Mavericks particularly reached out to the Warriors for a possible deal.

The 25-year-old Porzingis, who signed a five-year extension price $158 million in 2019, is averaging 20.5 factors and eight.2 rebounds whereas taking pictures 35.2 p.c from 3-point vary in 17 video games this season since returning in January from surgical procedure to restore a lateral meniscus damage in his proper knee.

One Western Conference govt informed Bleacher Report that he has “regarded like a scarecrow” whereas struggling on the defensive finish this season, including “I’m undecided the man can guard anyone.”

Kristaps Porzingis on July 31, 2020Getty ImagesThat remark significantly irked Cuban.

“And BTW, we aren’t comfortable that there’s a supposed ‘Western Conference exec’ ripping on certainly one of our gamers,” he texted the Dallas Morning News.

“There isn’t any commerce dialogue. I believe they only used it as a strategy to put on the market what they consider KP.”

The Knicks dealt the 7-3 ahead to Dallas whereas he was recovering from ACL surgical procedure in his left knee – together with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke – in January 2019. The blockbuster deal cleared salary-cap area and netted the Knicks two future first-round picks, together with Dallas’ choice this yr.

The Mavs (14-15) entered Tuesday ninth within the Western Conference standings and are “reevaluating whether or not [Porzingis] can actually assist [Luka] Doncic because the second possibility on a contender,” based on the report.

“They’ve kicked the tires on everyone on their roster not named Luka,” a supply informed Bleacher Report. “You know [team president] Donnie [Nelson], they’re at all times tinkering.”

Porzingis missed Monday’s win over Memphis with decrease again tightness.