The Dallas Mavericks have been looking for a trade partner to unload Kristaps Porzingis on for a few months now. Rumors going back to the NBA Trade Deadline about the Mavericks shopping the Latvian big man, and they have not quieted down since.
Dallas tried to do a swap with the Golden State Warriors that was centered around Kelly Oubre Jr. That deal didn’t gain any traction and Mark Cuban denied that the team was trying to trade Porzingis.
Where there is smoke there is normally fire. Another report came out that Porzingis was unhappy with his role in Dallas, feeling like he was an afterthought compared to Luka Doncic, not a co-start.
Interest in Porzingis was minimal around the league, and his performance in the 2021 postseason certainly didn’t help improve his trade value around the league. He was a shell of himself, struggling to make an impact on either end of the court.
The Mavericks were eliminated in the first round for the second consecutive season by the Los Angeles Clippers despite winning three games on the road the Staples Center. A shake-up is what is probably best, but finding a trade partner for Porzingis is not easy.
Could the Boston Celtics be a potential landing spot? Let’s take a look at this hypothetical trade that lands The Unicorn in Beantown.
Boston Celtics Receive: C/F Kristaps Porzingis, G Trey Burke
Dallas Mavericks Receive: C Al Horford, G Dennis Schroder, F Aaron Nesmith, 2022 First-Round Pick, 2024 First-Round Pick
Finding a trade partner for Kristaps Porzingis is proving to be difficult for the Dallas Mavericks, but it only takes one team to emerge. In this hypothetical deal, the team that emerges is the Boston Celtics.
Boston, who could use a bit of a shake-up themselves, takes a shot on the immensely talented Porzingis being able to turn things around. They saw up close and personal what he could accomplish when he was a member of their Atlantic Division rivals, the New York Knicks.