Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis will more than likely be traded this summer. Rumors persisted leading up to the March 25 NBA trade deadline that he’d be moved.
This has only intensified following a brutal performance from Porzingis in Dallas’ first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s not happy in Big D. That’s as clear as day.
With what has to be considered limited trade value due to his injury history and bloated contract, it will be hard for the Mavericks to get equal value for Porzingis. Below, we look at five ideal Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios from the Dallas Mavericks as the organization’s new regime takes over.
Kristaps Porzingis trade to the Golden State Warriors
Mavericks get: Andrew Wiggins
Warriors get: Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, second-round pick
This hypothetical trade would be the best of both worlds for the Mavericks. To say that they struggled with perimeter defense last season would be an understatement. Despite the narrative surrounding Wiggins dating back to his days with Minnesota, he’s morphed into a stellar three-and-D wing for the Warriors. In fact, the small forward boasted a better regular-season defensive wins shares than Kawhi Leonard.
The idea here would be to team Luka Doncic up with a still-young 26-year-old wing who can average 20 points per game and shot 38% from distance in 2020-21.
As for the Warriors, they get a toolsy big man to team up with Draymond Green in the low-post. A move of this ilk would likely require Golden State moving off 2020 No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman, potentially combining him with its two lottery picks in 2021 in order to find a starting three. The Warriors also nab a solid bench option in Dorian Finney-Smith who averaged 9.8 points and 5.4 rebounds 39% shooting from distance last season. He can also play both forward positions and is a solid defender.
Kristaps Porzingis trade to the Atlanta Hawks
Mavericks get: Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari
Hawks get: Kristaps Porzingis, Trey Burke, first-round pick
It’s not yet known what the Hawks plan to do with big man John Collins, who is slated to become a restricted free agent. He was subjected to trade rumors leading up to the March 25 deadline and might actually warrant a max contract offer on the open market. If Atlanta is against that, a sign-and-trade could very well be in the cards — leading to more of a need in the low-post. Picking up a solid veteran wing in Burke as well as a first-round pick would also give impressive general manager Travis Schlenk more flexibility for the championship-contending Hawks.