The Washington Wizards made a run to the NBA Playoffs after a slow start to the 2020-21 NBA season. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal became one of the best duos in the league in the back-court, but they could use a third star alongside them. Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis could very well end up being that third star.
Porzingis is expected to be shopped in trade talks by the Mavericks this offseason. He struggled to make much of an impact in the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. Ahead of the NBA trade deadline, his name was mentioned quite often in trade rumors.
During the 2020-21 season, Porzingis ended up averaging 20.1 points per game to go along with 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 blocks. He shot 47.6 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 37.6 percent of his three-point attempts. Those numbers don’t look too bad and a change of scenery could be very valuable for him.
Speaking of a change of scenery, the Wizards would have to be interested in forming their own “big three” of Westbrook, Beal, and Porzingis. Making a trade for Porzingis would not come cheap, but it wouldn’t necessarily break the bank either.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at what a potential Wizards trade for Kristaps Porzingis with the Mavericks could look like.