Does This Trade Make Sense For The Boston Celtics?
Unless Boston gets a reliable, high-level big man, they are not going to be real championship contenders. This is why this trade to acquire former All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis makes a ton of sense for them.
Kemba Walker is a fantastic guard and has been great in Boston, but his knees are definitely a cause for concern. Walker has had knee injuries dating back to college and just this offseason, he had a procedure done that kept him out the first few weeks of the season.
This is definitely a yellow flag for Boston and his durability moving forward could also be problematic. While Porzingis has also had his fair share of injuries over the years, he addresses a more meaningful “need” for the Celtics than Kemba gives them in the backcourt. With Jeff Teague, Payton Pritchard and Marcus Smart, Boston could figure things out in terms of their guard depth without Walker, but right now, they have virtually no frontcourt.
Tristan Thompson, Daniel Theis and Robert Williams III are not a championship caliber frontcourt and never will be. This is the main reason why Boston needs Kristaps Porzingis and why adding him makes them a real championship contender.
In Boston, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown drawing all of the attention, Porzingis would not have to try and do everything himself and would have All-Star talents that he could feed off of. With those two drawing a lot of attention offensively, Porzingis could be the third scoring option on the Celtics that elevates his play on both ends of the court.
Porzingis is a major upgrade from both Robert Williams III and Grant Williams and quite honestly, is probably an upgrade on both ends of the court from Kemba Walker too. At the expense of Walker and some draft compensation, this trade could end up being the saving grace for the Celtics’ season and their chance to finally make it to the NBA Finals.