Kristaps Porzingis returned to Dallas several days ago, and the Mavericks have spoken at length to the big man about the alleged physical altercation that took place in his home country of Latvia, writes Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. According to Townsend, after investigating the incident, the club is satisfied that it was simply a case of Porzingis being “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
As we detailed earlier this month, video emerged showing Porzingis in his hometown of Liepaja with a gash over his right eye and blood on his left hand. Reports indicated that the restricted-free-agent-to-be had been attacked by multiple Russians who were said to be upset that he “switched teams” last season.
Despite unsubstantiated reports out of Latvia that Porzingis had suffered a broken hand in the altercation, a team source tells Townsend that both of the 23-year-old’s hands are fine.
It’s an important summer for Porzingis and the Mavericks, who will be negotiating what figures to be a lucrative, long-term deal, despite the fact that he has yet to appear in a game for Dallas and is facing a rape accusation. While each side has plenty of factors to consider as it enters those contract discussions, it seems that the incident in Latvia won’t be among them, as both the team and player appear set to put it behind them.