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Kristaps Porzingis Agrees to 5-Year Max Contract With Mavericks

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  (EDITOR'S NOTE: Alternate crop) Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks is welcomed back after tearing his ACL previously in the season prior to taking on the Dallas Mavericks during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2018 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Despite not playing one game for the Dallas Mavericks last season due to injury concerns, Kristaps Porzingis has agreed to a new five-year contract with Big D for max money.

Due to the Knicks failure to land a top free agent in this class (it would appear), the move by Dallas to trade for Porzingis in the first place looks even better. Now, they're locking up their new-found asset long-term to pair with Luka Doncic for years to come.

$158 million is a lot to commit to a player who hasn't seen the court in over a year, but Mark Cuban and Co. are left very little choice when it comes to Porzingis. The Latvian big man has the potential to revolutionize Dallas' post presence, and can also step outside as well, giving the Mavericks an incredible one-two punch alongside Doncic, the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Adding Kristaps for the next five seasons was a must, and gives this team a firmer identity in the post-Dirk Nowitzki era. Now, Dallas can move on to other timely additions to the roster.