Dallas Mavericks: Should they trade Kristaps Porzingis for Kemba Walker?
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks were knocked out by the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. Kristaps Porzingis struggled in the series. The Clippers went small and defended him with wings, which limited the Unicorn into spotting up in the corner for threes. He averaged just 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks in 33.3 minutes per game over the seven contests.
The playoffs were the culmination of a disappointing season for Porzingis. He struggled to get healthy after offseason meniscus surgery. The Unicorn was subpar on the defensive end as his rim protection diminished. Tim MacMahon reported that he was “frustrated” with his role in Dallas.
Could the Mavericks be looking to move Kristaps Porzingis this offseason? It is not out of the question given his recent play and Dallas’ title aspirations. KP trade value is not exactly at its peak, though. The Mavs would likely need to trade for another star with a diminished stock. Kemba Walker appears to be available. Should the Mavericks make that swap?
Should Dallas Mavericks trade Kristaps Porzingis for Kemba Walker?
Farbod Esnaashari of Bleacher Report reported there is mutual interest in Walker and the Celtics going their separate ways. Kemba has not trusted the front office since former GM Danny Ainge attempted to trade him for Jrue Holiday before the 2020-2021 season started.
Kemba Walker’s trade value is not at its peak either. The Celtics were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Brooklyn Nets as the four-time All-Star point guard struggled with injuries.
Marc Stein reported the Mavericks were interested when Kemba was a free agent in 2019. Should the Dallas Mavericks trade Kristaps Porzingis for Walker this offseason? Here is the case for and against before making a verdict.
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