Re-grading the Wizards return from Dallas Mavericks in Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie trade
Washington did well in this trade given their position. Things were not working out with Dinwiddie after acquiring him in a sign-and-trade in the summer of 2021. The Wizards were eager to move off of his contract, and Davis Bertans was in the second year of a five-year $80 million extension that was viewed as one of the worst contracts in the league when factoring in his production.
The Wizards got the most talented player and a second-round pick in this deal. Yes, they are selecting 54th, which will be a total flyer, but Washington can take an upside shot at the young prospect and sign him to a two-way deal.
Porzingis played well after arriving in the nation's capital, but Bradley Beal had already suffered a season-ending injury. Some in Washington are excited about the partnership and are eager to see if it can get the Wizards back to the playoffs.
Wizards trade grade for acquiring Kristaps Porzingis from Dallas Mavericks: B+
The Washington Wizards turned two negative contracts into Kristaps Porzingis and a draft pick. KP has two years and over $69 million left on his deal, assuming he opts into his player option for the 2023-2024 season. The Unicorn can protect the rim, space the floor, and score 20 points per game at 7’3. He is unique, but the injuries are a massive issue.