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Mavericks Preparing For Long-Term Deal With Porzingis

Mavericks Preparing For Long-Term Deal With Porzingis
Published On: Fri, Mar 08
March 11, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during a stoppage in play against Los Angeles Clippers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Negotiations cana€™t begin until July, but the Mavericks are doing everything they can to prepare for a long-term relationship withA Kristaps Porzingis, writesA Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News.

Porzingis was acquired from the Knicks at the end of January in a surprisingA tradeA that altered the future of both franchises. He continues to rehab his left knee after suffering a torn ACL more than a year ago and wona€™t play, or probably even practice, before the end of the season.

Dallas recently addedA Manolo Valdivieso, who serves as Porzingisa€™ personal trainer, to its training staff. Porzingis has been joining the Mavericks on road trips, which Townsend notes he didna€™t do with the Knicks, andA Valdivieso has come along with him.

a€œNobody has any problem of the territory,a€A Porzingis said of Valdiviesoa€™s relationship with the other trainers.A a€œIta€™s all open and wea€™re all working together. That was something that I wanted to have. And Ia€™m happy that the Dallas Mavericks organization and the people who are here are so open and so willing to help us out with anything.a€

Ita€™s similar to the arrangement the Mavs have provided for years withA Dirk NowitzkiA and his personal trainer, Townsend adds.

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