Rarely is there a convenient time for an NBA franchise to make a dramatic roster-altering trade, but if there’s such a thing, the Mavericks lucked into it.
“The good thing,” Dirk Nowitzki said after Saturday night’s victory at Cleveland, “is there aren’t a lot of three-day breaks in an NBA season, but we have one now.”
The Mavericks took Sunday off. On Monday afternoon the organization will hold a welcome-to-Dallas news conference for trade acquisitions Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle indicated that there might be a team practice involving Hardaway, Burke and Lee on Monday, and certainly there will be one Tuesday, before Dallas hosts Charlotte on Wednesday.
Porzingis, according to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, will not play this season as he continues to rehab from the left ACL tear that he suffered last Feb. 6. A source separately told The News that it’s “likely Kristaps won’t play,” adding, “it’s critical that we don’t rush the rehab.”
Porzingis and Mavericks officials certainly will be asked questions on that topic during Monday’s scheduled 1:30 p.m. news conference.
Meanwhile, after playing games at Detroit and Cleveland shorthanded, after dealing Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews in the seven-player, two draft-pick trade, the Mavericks have an optimal schedule in which to break in the newcomers.
During the 11 days leading to the All-Star break, Dallas (24-28) will play five games, four of them at home. Then the Mavericks get the one-week All-Star break, although Nowitzki and Luka Doncic will be taking part in All-Star weekend.
“It’s a good time to get these [new] guys up to speed with what we’re doing and keep pushing,” Nowitzki said. “If we want to make a run at [the playoffs], we’d love to win more than we lose and keep competing and go from there.”
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