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Kristaps Porzingis may consider signing qualifying offer with Mavericks

Kristaps Porzingis

As if the New York Knicks trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday weren’t surprising enough, there may be other shockers accompanying the deal.

Reporter Shams Charania said that Porzingis was considering signing a qualifying offer with the Mavericks after the season.

Signing a qualifying offer would limit the amount of guaranteed money he could sign for over the summer, though it would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent after that. It wouldn’t make much sense for the Mavericks to trade away so much, take on the Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee contracts, only to get a guy who would play for them for one season. That’s why a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski saying Porzingis is undecided about his future makes more sense.

Porzingis taking a qualifying offer next year in order to become an unrestricted free agent after that would be risky. He’s coming off a torn ACL and knows how quickly his career could be gone. If he has the chance to sign for major money this summer, which he probably would if he signs an offer sheet with another team, that would be hard to turn down.

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