3 Trade Scenarios Featuring Kristaps Porzingis

Published June 27, 2021 at 1:13 PM
After underperforming during the playoffs and feeling more like "an afterthought" in Dallas' offense, Kristaps Porzingis could be traded this offseason. Although executives believe that the Mavericks will end up keeping him, they will still listen to offers and consider moving him. Here are a few scenarios they could consider.

Kristaps Porzingis for Gordon Hayward & Jaden McDaniels

There are reports that the Charlotte Hornets could look to move Gordon Hayward, which would make them a terrific trade partner with the Mavericks. Both Porzingis and Hayward's contract would work financially, and the Hornets could throw in Jaden McDaniels to sweeten the deal. Hayward would add veteran leadership and scoring for the Mavericks. He could create for himself and others, which would ease some pressure off Luka Doncic. Meanwhile, Porzingis would provide excellent floor spacing for the Hornets and could see more touches being a semi-number-one option.

Kristaps Porzingis for Davis Bertans, Robin Lopez, & Chandler Hutchison

Perhaps Kristaps Porzingis could thrive being a third star on a team. Playing behind Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal would take off a lot of pressure from Porzingis, as he could see plenty of open looks. Davis Bertans was highly inconsistent this season and could possibly use a fresh start in Dallas to rediscover his shooting touch. Robin Lopez and Chandler Hutchison would have to be a part of the deal to make it work financially, and it wouldn't hurt the Mavs to add more depth.

Kristaps Porzingis & Trey Burke for Buddy Hield & Marvin Bagley

The Sacramento Kings have been looking to trade Buddy Hield, while Marvin Bagley has recently shown the desire to leave Sacramento. That would make the Kings the perfect trade partner for Dallas. Not only can they attain another shooter in this deal that would compliment Luka Doncic, but they could maintain their frontcourt depth. Both Hield and Bagley would be nice fits in Dallas, while Porzingis would get a new start on a team that could use floor spacing and a scoring punch from their frontcourt. The deal would work financially, and it would be ideal for both teams.
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