On February 10, 2022, the Dallas Mavericks traded Kristaps Porzingis and a protected 2022 second-round pick, top-45 protected, to the Washington Wizards, for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.
Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban told Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News, “I think KP’s an incredible talent. But we needed that shooter [Bertans] and we needed another ball handler [Dinwiddie] who could create a shot, and unfortunately, that was the only way we were going to get them.”
Porzingis lived up to his nickname the ‘Unicorn’ when he was on the court. The main issue for the Mavericks was that Porzingis wasn’t always playing due to injuries. Out of the Mavericks’ 203 regular-season games that happened during Porzingis’ tenure in Dallas, he played in 134 of them, that’s not including the half-season he missed with an ACL injury when he got traded halfway through the 2018-2019 season by the New York Knicks.
In the same time span in which Porzingis started playing in Dallas, Dinwiddie played in 111 out of 198 regular-season games. Dinwiddie missed out on the majority of the 2020-2021 season with a season-ending ACL injury. Bertans played in 145 games out of 198 regular-season games.
When Porzingis got traded to Washington, he missed their first eight games as part of the team due to him dealing with a minor knee injury. As part of the Wizards, Porzingis has played in 17 games and averaged 22.1 points per game (PPG), 8.8 rebounds per game (RPG), 2.9 assists per game (APG), and 1.5 blocks per game (BPG). After this season he will still be under contract for two more years, with the second year being a player option, the total of the last two years of his contract is $69,849,600.
Dinwiddie has played in 23 games since joining the Mavericks. As part of the Mavericks, he has averaged 15.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, and 0.7 steals per game (SPG). He also had two game-winning shots in back-to-back games, one being a three-point buzzer-beater against one of his former teams, the Brooklyn Nets. He will still be under contract until the end of the 2023-2024 season, he will be earning $36,857,143 in the following two years.
Bertans has played in 22 of Dallas’ games since joining the team. He has averaged 5.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, and 0.7 APG with the team. Since joining the team his three-point shooting has gone back up. During the first half of the season while he was with the Wizards he was shooting 31.9% from beyond the arc, with the Mavericks he has shot 36% when it comes to three-pointers. Bertans is under contract until 2024-2025, he will be getting paid $49,000,000 in the last three years of his contract.
Dinwiddie, Bertans, and the Mavericks are heading into the 2022 NBA Playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, Porzingis and the Wizards weren’t able to make the playoffs since they finished as the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference. In the short term, the Mavericks seem to have won the trade. The long-term results are still unknown as a second-round pick went along with Porzingis to the Wizards and it is unknown who it will be used on.
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