Mavericks Notes: MKG, RHJ, Porzingis, Broekhoff

The Mavericks are talking about trading for a combo forward by Thursday’s deadline and have “kicked tires” on both Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Hornets and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson of the Raptors, tweets Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. He adds that discussions are still in the exploratory stage.

Both players have expiring contracts, but it would be much tougher to match salary for Kidd-Gilchrist, who is making $13MM this season. The second pick in the 2012 draft, he has spent his entire career in Charlotte, but his numbers have declined drastically in recent seasons. He has gotten into just 12 games this year and is averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per night.

Hollis-Jefferson, who has a $2.5MM salary, has appeared in 38 games for Toronto, averaging 7.6 PPG and 5.0 RPG. He signed a one-year deal with the Raptors as a free agent in July.

There’s more Mavericks news to pass along:

  • Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the franchise-altering trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks, Townsend observes in a full story. Owner Mark Cuban was surprised by how quickly the deal came together, while coach Rick Carlisle says Porzingis has been doing a “great job” in a “transition year” after missing all of last season following a torn ACL in his left knee. After clashing with management in New York, Porzingis is much happier in Dallas. “This organization has treated me incredibly,” he said. “As family. Mark is unbelievable. And everybody who works here, it’s really high-level, high-class. It’s an honor to be part of this.”
  • The Mavericks are considering a stricter load management plan for Porzingis, tweets Tim MacMahon of ESPN. He missed 10 straight games last month with soreness in his right knee.
  • Second-year shooting guard Ryan Broekhoff made the first start of his NBA career last night in Houston, Townsend relays in a separate story. Carlisle said parts of the starting lineup will be filled based on a “game-to-game situation,” but the decision was surprising because it was only Broekhoff’s second game back after being injured on December 29. “I was actually nervous,” he said. “I haven’t been nervous for a game in a long time, maybe since my first NBA game last year in Phoenix. There was a little nervous energy throughout the day. These things, you never know when they might come, so I just tried to put my best foot forward to help the team.”
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14 thoughts on “Mavericks Notes: MKG, RHJ, Porzingis, Broekhoff

  1. agentx

    Four last names, barely one end-of-the-bench player’s production all together.

  2. Ive been saying for awhile now that i want the mavs to get MKG. He can guard lebron and Kawhi. He also runs well and will catch lobs from luka.

    • x%sure

      Yes you did. Mavs wanted another hyphenated name! lol
      Fortuately Hardaway & Kleber turned into 3pt aces so they can look for an MKG type. Curry, Wright, even DF-S

  3. If we can get iggy for lee and get MKG from buyout market or make a trade useing our TPE along with someone like justin jackson would be amazing.

    Also would love to get Josh Jackson from Memphis but i dont see that happening

    • gammaraze

      If you’re eyeing MKG on the buyout market AND you don’t have a problem dealing Justin Jackson, how about this: Lee for Iggy, Justin Jackson for RHJ, and MKG for cash

      Josh Jackson is too expensive, I don’t know what players the Mavs would be willing to give up for him, given his $7M salary

  4. rxbrgr

    I wonder if the women in the Dallas organization would be saying the same things…

  5. mavshoopsmaniac

    Won’t be hard to match MKG at all with Lee’s $12.7m expiring contract.

    • gammaraze

      I’m thinking that the writer is taking the Mavs-Iguodala rumor as a sure thing. Obviously, Lee’s contract makes sense in terms of salary matching for MKG, but you couldn’t use it for both, and that’s where it starts to get complicated and would it be worth it.

      But Iggy and RHJ would only cost Lee and Jackson, pretty simple by comparison. I’m not advocating for either, merely entertaining the thought.

    • gammaraze

      how clutch is MKG? If you’re going to give away the Warriors 2nd for a 3 month rental, they need to help propel the Mavs through the playoffs. MKG has almost no playoff experience, they’d be better off getting Iggy for that.

  6. Skip, Tampa

    Josh Jackson would be a great pick up,
    Lee, 2nd for Jackson.
    Would love to see what Spo could do with him in Miami.

  7. Grimjac

    It’s a weird world. Iggy and his baggage will cost, but the Grizz can’t give away Crowder?

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