Similarly, newly-acquired big man Kristaps Porzingis only became a Maverick within this past week but his association to the organization in the form of comparisons to Nowitzki have been alive for years.
"Our goal is to keep them together for the next 20 years", Cuban said, interjecting himself again. They were looking to see if teams would part ways with their presumed untouchable players, like Jazz PG Donovan Mitchell and Kings PG De'Aaron Fox, but nothing came of it.
The Porzingis brothers forced New York's hand, though, by telling the team Kristaps would leave for Spain to continue his rehab if he wasn't traded by the February 7 deadline.
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Clearly, the future is all about Porzingis pairing with Doncic, the 6-7 Slovenian guard who swept the first three rookie of the month awards and is leading the Mavericks in scoring.
Porzingis said sitting out this season has always been the plan, and he will remain patient despite saying he feels "bouncy" and is excited to get back on the court as soon as possible. The German has a secondary role in what is expected to be his final season. That included Madison Square Garden - a day before the trade. "I'll try to use every moment I have to bother him with some questions and some good stories that he has". Especially if this draft approaches and the Mavs struggle in 2020-21, it makes this selection more valuable. "I hope we have a lot of time to spend together now that I'm in here in Dallas while he's still playing".
While that might be encouraging for Mavericks fans to hear, the time for Cuban to put his money where his mouth is isn't very far away.
Janis Porzingis, KP's brother, had given NY a list of four teams that he would like to be traded to and the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers were on the list, but the Mavs weren't.
And Porzingis figures to be ready to play.