Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis seems ready for a fresh start with the team after going through several ups and downs last season.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported Thursday on the Hoop Collective Podcast (hat tip Real GM) that Porzingis “wanted to be traded” after the 2020-21 NBA season, but his opinion has changed since then.

“I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon via Real GM. “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. 

The Latvian superstar is coming off a mediocre season in Dallas, and he has three seasons and over $100 million remaining on his contract.

Last season, Porzingis appeared in 43 NBA games with the Mavericks, averaging 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.