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Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis has had a “complete” recovery from a torn ACL and is ready to go for training camp, according to Dwain Price of the team’s website.
Porzingis tore his left ACL in February 2018 as a member of the New York Knicks and missed all of last season. The Knicks traded him to Dallas in January and Porzingis a signed a five-year max contract with the Mavs in July.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters Porzingis is likely to play in one of the first two preseason games, either Oct. 8 against the Oklahoma City Thunder or Oct. 9 vs. the Detroit Pistons.
Porzingis, 24, is 7-foot-3 and averaged 22.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 48 games in his final season with the Knicks. He will now team with reigning Rookie of the Year and Mavericks guard/forward Luca Doncic.
“It could be a nightmare for (opponents) going forward,” Porzingis said.
He added that the Mavericks’ primary goal this season is to taste the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference.
Carlisle said he expects that Porzingis will be on a load management plan this season — though an exact strategy has yet to be put into place.
“If I had a gun to my head, I would say that there’s a good chance that we will be very careful on back-to-backs, particularly to start the year,” Carlisle said. “But I don’t know for sure. I don’t know how he’s going to be feeling at that point.
“He may be insisting on playing, but I do believe in his case and in the case of any player like that, the Mavericks or whatever team is going to err on the side of caution.”