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Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis 'assaulted outside of a club'

Monday 13 May 2019 07:32, UK

Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks smiles prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on April 5, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Image: Kristaps Porzingis was traded from the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks in February

Dallas Mavericks say Kristaps Porzingis has been involved in an altercation at a nightclub in his native Latvia.

After video showed the forward with a bloody forehead, the Mavericks said on Sunday: "It is our understanding that Kristaps was jumped and assaulted outside of a club."

However, they did not provide further details.

Video of the aftermath of the incident obtained by TMZ showed an agitated Porzingis in a torn shirt, pushing someone out of the way and approaching a group of men, before several people stopped him and urged him to calm down.

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The 23-year-old was acquired by Dallas in a blockbuster deal with the New York Knicks before the trading deadline but has not played for the team.

He missed the 2018-19 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee, in what turned out to be his final game for the Knicks in February 2018.

Porzingis will be a restricted free agent on July 1, and the Mavericks have said they intend to sign him to a long-term contract.

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