Kristaps Porzingis is an enigma for the Dallas Mavericks. After a somewhat successful individual season, the nation saw a Mavericks team barely be able to coexist with Porzingis and Luka Doncic on the floor. With the amount of money owed to Porzingis for the next three seasons ($100 million), some rumors have strong evidence to support Porzingis could be traded this offseason.
Another trade prospect in the rumor mill will be Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons. It was a daunting playoff for Simmons, who averaged only 11.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 8.8 assists. While his defense and playmaking are close to elite, Simmons is making a lot of money for someone who is afraid to shoot the ball.
Both players are so young and full of potential. They will both have teams eager to trade for them. However, one team needs to stay away from this and that's the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Need To Stay Away From Kristaps Porzingis
The Lakers owe about $41 million to LeBron James, $35 million to Anthony Davis, and $13 million apiece to both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma. Out of the seven players that are on the roster, that is a combined $102 million to just four players. If the Lakers want any chance of filling out the rest of their roster, the team cannot afford to take on the $31 million that is owed to Porzingis next season, let alone the $100 million owed to him the next three years.