Boston Celtics Receive: F Kristaps Porzingis, G Trey Burke
Dallas Mavericks Receive: G Kemba Walker, C Robert Williams III, F Grant Williams, BOS 2021 1st Round Pick (Top-10 Protected), BOS 2021 2nd Round Pick
Kristaps Porzingis’ name has been brought up in NBA trade rumors recently after some reports surfaced that the Mavericks “quietly” approached teams about their interest level in the former All-Star big man. No trades ever surfaced and owner Mark Cuban has denied all reports that he and the Mavericks have looked to trade Porzingis, but this situation in Dallas is definitely something to monitor as the trade deadline is only four weeks away.
This would be a huge move for the Mavericks to make, not only because Porzingis is their second-best player on their roster, but because of what they traded away to get him from the Knicks. With Doncic and Porzingis, it was expected that the Mavericks could make a big leap in the Western Conference, but that has not been the case this year as they are just 17-16 and struggling against some of the top teams in the conference.
For the Celtics, Trading Kemba Walker may very well be what is best, especially since they would be getting a legit frontcourt threat in Porzingis and a solid backup guard to provide them with depth. Boston’s bench is terrible and right now, their best bench player is Payton Pritchard, who is in his rookie season as the 26th overall pick in 2020, which is why Burke could be a valuable asset for them.
Both teams have really struggled to live up to their expectations and this trade does address both team’s needs. Boston needs help in their frontcourt and Dallas needs a reliable, steady point guard who can take a lot of pressure off of Luka Doncic to make all the plays.
This would definitely shake things up in the NBA because Boston would finally have their reliable big man and the Mavericks would have a deadly backcourt duo with Walker and Luka. There are definitely some big pros to making this trade and with that said, let’s take a closer look as to why this trade could make sense for both teams.