Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle.
"I'll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded," said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. "My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He's had the healthy offseason. He's been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he's coming back with a refreshed feel.
"At the end of last year, he wasn't going to come out and ask for a trade. He's smart enough to understand the optics."
"He's already done that once," replied Brian Windhorst referring to the departure of Porzingis from the New York Knicks in 2019.
"But at the end of last year when he stood in the corner and checked the wind for an entire playoff series, he was hoping to be traded," added MacMahon. "From what I gather, he's coming back optimistic now."
Porzingis has three seasons and over $100 million remaining on his contract.