Case against Dallas Mavericks trading Kristaps Porzingis for Kemba Walker
Kemba is a 31-year-old point guard that has dealt with knee injuries for the last two years. There are no guarantees that he gets and stays healthy. Kristaps Porzingis has injury issues of his own, but he is still 25 and is heading into the offseason healthy.
The Mavs need to improve their defense to jump into title contention. They finished 21st in defensive rating this season and struggle to stop the Clippers in the playoffs. Walker is a six-foot point guard that has never been known for his defense. Putting Kemba and Luka in the same backcourt would be tough to cover for on that end of the floor.
The fit on the offensive end is not ideal either. The Mavericks want to keep the ball in Luka’s hands but are looking for someone to lighten his workload. Walker averaged 72.7 touches per game this season. The next highest Mavericks behind Luka’s 88.9 was 59.4 for Kristaps Porzingis. Would Kemba and Doncic be able to mesh and split the touches?
The age and recent injuries should keep the Dallas Mavericks away from targeting Kemba Walker. He does not fit the team’s needs, but the Boston Celtics could get the Mavs interested if they are willing to make it a larger deal.
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