Pass or purse on Kristaps Porzingis trade for Dallas Mavericks: 4. Kemba swap
This is the most common trade fans hear featuring KP. Bleacher Report’s Farbod Esnaashari reported both Kemba Walker and the Celtics want to part ways this offseason. The Mavericks had plenty of interest in Kemba when he was a free agent in 2019, but the six-foot point guard decided to sign in Boston.
The swap makes sense. The Mavericks need someone that can handle the ball and take some pressure off Luka Doncic. Kemba would give Dallas another All-Star capable of creating shots for himself and others. Boston is searching for a center. Porzingis would give them another floor spacer for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Both players have dealt with injuries over the last two years. Walker is 31 years old and has missed 45 of the team’s 144 regular-season games since the start of the 2019-2020 season. Kristaps Porzingis is only 25 but has a longer track record of injuries.
Kemba has two years and $73 million left on his contract. Dallas would get flexibility sooner if they traded for the four-time All-Star point guard, but it is a dangerous swap.
Dallas Mavericks should pass on a Kristaps Porzingis for Kemba Walker swap.
Ultimately, it is a risky move that does not move the needle much for the Dallas Mavericks. They should stick with the younger Porzingis and hope they can maximize his talents or find a better deal elsewhere.
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