The Dallas Mavericks experienced deja vu this season, losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive NBA season.
Amid reports of a power struggle in Dallas, Rick Carlisle elected to part ways with the franchise.
The Mavericks have since replaced Carlisle with Jason Kidd, who is familiar with the organization due to his time spent as a player with the franchise. After hiring their next head coach, the next thing on the team’s agenda is to trade Kristaps Porzingis.
With the declined play and injury concerns that Porzingis has displayed in recent years, Dallas is expected to move on from him.
Also, the Mavericks realize that they have to do everything in their power to surround superstar Luka Doncic with as much talent as possible. Seeing that Doncic and Porzingis just weren’t a great fit together, Dallas understands that moving him is the best thing for both sides.
Taking that into account, let’s take a look at the best and worst trade destinations for Porzingis.
Good Fit: Boston Celtics
Ever since it became known that Porzingis could be on his way out of Dallas, the Boston Celtics have constantly been named as a potential landing spot.
Most people conjured up trades that involved the Celtics sending Kemba Walker to the Mavericks in exchange for the Latvian big man. Even with Walker no longer in Boston, having been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Porzingis could still wind up on the Celtics.
With Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as the two cornerstone pieces in Boston, Porzingis wouldn’t need to be a primary scorer for the Celtics.
As for Boston, getting Porzingis would give them the best rim protector they’ve had in quite some time.
A starting lineup that features Brown, Tatum, Porzingis, and Al Horford wouldn’t be awful in Ime Udoka’s first year as head coach.