It’s safe to say Kristaps Porzingis made some waves in the basketball world Thursday.
Of course, Porzingis hasn’t played since Feb. 6, 2018, when he tore his ACL. He was set to be reevaluated in mid-February, so a return to action isn’t imminent for him.
While it’s unclear what kind of commitment Porzingis will make to the Mavericks long term, ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski shed some light on what the 23-year-old’s plan is for this season and beyond.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Porzingis plans to sign a qualifying offer from Dallas this offseason, meaning the Mavs will be able to match any offer he receives in free agency.
The next few months will be big for the Mavs, as they’ll have to woo Porzingis to stick around for the long haul and help shape the post-Dirk Nowitzki era alongside Luka Doncic.