The Miami Heat have received a lot of criticism for being one of the most disappointing NBA teams of this season so far, but what about the Boston Celtics in the East and the Dallas Mavericks in the West? Outside of Boston’s top three players in Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, they have virtually no production and in Dallas, Luka Doncic seems to be a one-man-team at times!
For the Celtics, Walker, Tatum and Brown have been fantastic when healthy this year and are averaging just under 70 points per game this season combined, but their bench is one of the worst in the league and with Marcus Smart out with a calf injury, the Celtics have lost 9 of their last 15 games.
Even with Smart healthy and in the mix, Boston is basically the same team from last year and did not really make any improvements to their roster this past offseason. They added Tristan Thompson and Jeff Teague, but neither player is going to elevate Boston to the NBA Finals, which is why they could be in the market to make a huge move before the trade deadline.
In Dallas, Luka Doncic is a true MVP candidate and at just 21-years old, he is already one of the best players in the entire league. The Mavericks will always be in the championship conversation as long as Doncic is a part of this organization, but if they are to be legit threats in the Western Conference, they will need to get him some help.
Kristaps Porzingis has been reliable at times this year, but tends to disappear a lot on the court. While he is averaging 20.2 points and 8.1 rebounds this season, the former All-Star big man does not look like his old self and does not look like the reliable, high-level second scoring option he was expected to be in Dallas.
Not to mention, the Dallas Mavericks have reportedly “gauged” interest in Porzingis around the league and talked with numerous teams about a potential trade involving him. Dallas shot down all of these reports and rumors, but it definitely would make sense for them to at least get a sense for what he could be worth on the trade market.
The Latvian big man is absolutely a player to watch as the trade deadline approaches and with things not looking great in Boston, could these two teams come together to pull off a huge, blockbuster trade? Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are off limits in any trade talks, but could Kemba Walker be a player the Celtics could trade for Kristaps Porzingis?
With that being said, let’s take a look at what a trade scenario by Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley involving Kristaps Porzingis and Kemba Walker could look like between the Mavericks and Celtics.