Raptors, Mavericks Discussing Kristaps Porzingis?

The Raptors and Mavericks may have engaged in some discussions about a deal involving Kristaps Porzingis, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link).

Fischer’s report includes some hedging — he doesn’t outright confirm that Toronto and Dallas are negotiating a deal, but says the rumor that the two teams are discussing a framework has made the rounds among NBA front offices. Fischer adds that it’s not clear how serious those talks might be.

As Fischer observes, the Mavericks are known to have some interest in point guard Goran Dragic. However, Dallas would obviously be seeking more pieces than just a 35-year-old veteran on an expiring contract in exchange for Porzingis, the club’s second-leading scorer.

Porzingis has battled frequent injury issues and is owed $70MM over the next two years beyond this one, but remains an important part of Dallas’ roster. In 34 games (29.5 MPG) this season, he has averaged 19.2 PPG and 7.7 RPG while playing improved defense.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN (Twitter link) has heard that, in order to seriously consider moving Porzingis, the Mavericks would require “a lot more” than the package of Dragic and a draft pick the Raptors have been shopping. Presumably, Dallas would be more interested in a deal for Dragic if a player like Dwight Powell or perhaps Tim Hardaway Jr. is the primary outgoing piece.

For their part, the Raptors are known to be in the market for a center who can complement their core of Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, and Gary Trent Jr., though they’re not focused exclusively on a center as they shop Dragic’s expiring contract.

Toronto has also reportedly talked to the Lakers and Knicks about a three-team trade involving Dragic that would send Talen Horton-Tucker and Nerlens Noel to the Raptors. However, Ian Begley of SNY.tv has reported that those discussions appear to have stalled, and Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca (Twitter link) hears the odds of that deal happening are slim.

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