Another trade idea: Kemba Walker for Kristaps Porzingis


As you will have seen, we’ve mentioned plenty of totally different Kemba Walker situations on this weblog. In fact, one possibility is to maintain him and hope he will get higher with extra relaxation and a extra regular NBA schedule. Nonetheless, the commerce rumors and chatter isn’t going to go away, so we’d as nicely take a severe have a look at reputable concepts as they arrive up.

One such concept that has been making the rounds on the net is swapping Kemba for Kristaps Porzingis. Some oddsmakers are literally placing the Celtics because the favorites to land Porzingis if he will get moved.

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The Mavericks performed the Clippers robust for a seven video games, however for probably the most half, Porzingis was schemed out of being an impression performer. A few of that’s simply dangerous matchup luck for the reason that Clippers can go small higher than most. Nonetheless, a few of it’s that he hasn’t been the performer that the Mavericks have been hoping for after they traded for him.

Cap-wise, Walker-for-Porzingis works by way of salaries. You can even broaden the commerce to incorporate items on both facet if obligatory. The Mavericks may promote themselves on the concept that Kemba Walker may match alongside Luka Doncic higher (decreasing a few of his utilization price may assist him keep robust for 4 quarters). The Celtics may promote themselves on Kristaps being a flooring spacing massive that’s youthful (nonetheless simply 25) and extra long run potential upside. Either side must promote themselves on “possibly he’ll be wholesome for us.”

The largest purpose the Celtics may hesitate is the truth that Porzingis has a contract that’s one yr longer than Kemba. He’s youthful however has a historical past of accidents that very nicely may preserve cropping up yr after yr. Nonetheless, past the contract and damage historical past, there are different issues that Souichi Terada highlights on MassLive.

Then there’s match and what Porzingis’ function might be on the Celtics. Whereas the large man was billed to be a second famous person alongside Doncic — 1a and 1b — that hasn’t been the case. If Porzingis joins Boston, he’ll be even additional down the depth chart behind the burgeoning stars in Brown and Tatum.

The Celtics additionally want some playmaking to ease the burden off their two All-Stars. Porzingis isn’t an answer in that division: The large man has by no means averaged greater than two assists per recreation. Porzingis has proven an above-average capturing recreation (profession 36.1% 3-point shooter), however there are some issues of his rebounding potential.

So finally this doesn’t appear to be the precise transfer for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics. However it’s an attention-grabbing sufficient state of affairs to consider.


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