Is Porzingis on his way to Boston?
According to sources close to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, discussions are being held between the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Clippers for a potential trade.
Sources: Wizards, Celtics and Clippers are in strong talks on a trade that would send Kristaps Porzingis to Boston, Marcus Morris and draft compensation to Washington and Malcolm Brogdon to Los Angeles. Sides are still working through details and Porzingis’ $36M player option.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2023
Should the deal go through, it would send Kristaps Porzingis to Boston, Marcus Morris and draft picks to Washington, and Malcolm Brogdon to Los Angeles.
Porzingis, who is currently 27 years old, is set to exercise his $36 million player option for the 2023-24 season before the free-agency period in June. Additionally, the Washington Wizards recently traded Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns for a package that included Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, second-round picks, and pick swaps. There’s a chance they may also lose Kyle Kuzma if he declines his $13 million player option.
ESPN Sources: As expected, Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma has declined his $13 million player option and become a free agent. Kuzma will be one of the marketplace’s most prominent players. A return to Washington on a new deal remains a possibility.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2023
Porzingis’ statistics for the season were impressive, averaging 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game in 65 games. He also managed to make 38.5% of his 3-pointers, hitting 2.1 on average per game. The Celtics narrowly missed out on making history, being one win away from becoming the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in NBA history but ultimately losing Game 7 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. If the trade does happen,
Boston has a number of long-term contract players that could match Porzingis’ salary, including Malcolm Brogdon, Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Robert Williams, and Al Horford.
Earlier in June, the Washington Wizards appointed Michael Winger from the Los Angeles Clippers as president of the organization after missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Washington Wizards hold the No. 8 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.