REPORT: Hornets among teams considering trade for Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis, Hornets, Mavericks
NBA Analysis Network

The Charlotte Hornets made a big leap forward during the 2020-21 NBA season and nearly made the playoffs. Unfortunately, their season ended in the play-in game against the Indiana Pacers. Now, the franchise will be looking to make moves in order to make a deeper run next year and Dallas Mavericks star big man Kristaps Porzingis could be a potential target.

Porzingis has been mentioned in a ton of rumors since the Mavericks’ season ended, and even before. He was inconsistent this season, especially in the playoffs. That has led many to believe that the franchise could look to deal him this offseason if a good offer ends up being on the table.

One source stated that the Hornets are very intrigued by the possibility of adding Porzingis. They want to add a big man alongside LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier. Porzingis would not bring the defensive presence that they would like, but he would add more offensive firepower and more star power in general.

During the 2020-21 season with the Mavericks, 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 show why a team like the Hornets should take a long look at acquiring him this offseason. Even though he is receiving a lot of criticism right now, there is no question that Porzingis is still a star in the NBA. He can score at a high level and is not a bad rebounder either.

At just 25 years of age, Porzingis still has plenty of room to grow and improve. With a young and dynamic team like the Hornets, he could come in and fit perfectly right off the bat. Porzingis would likely be a major focal point for the Charlotte offense, which could be of interest to him after playing behind Luka Doncic in Dallas.

Charlotte is going to look to make a big splash if they can this offseason. They are not far away from contending in the East. Depending on the price, a trade for Kristaps Porzingis would be an ideal move.

Expect to continue hearing a ton of rumors about Porzingis and his future with the Mavericks. The Hornets may not end up being his final landing spot, but they certainly are interested in the idea.