NBA Trade Rumors: Three Teams That Can Look to Sign Kristaps Porzingis

Published 02/23/2021, 11:25 AM EST
Feb 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The major buzz around the league is that Dallas Mavericks are looking for options to trade Kristaps Porzingis. A player who was considered untouchable in the Mavs’ roster only second to Luka Doncic, is now being looked at by other teams as a valuable asset! 

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The NBA’s trade deadline is March 25, and teams should make the desired deals before the league closes the door shut. Porzingis, 25, has a contract with the Mavs that runs through the 2023 season, excluding the player option. 

However, a recent report suggests that the Dallas Mavericks are exploring the market value of the Latvian player to find a suitable deal for a trade. If that’s the case, which team would benefit from signing a player like Porzingis? 

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Jan 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shiits as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) defends during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kristaps Porzingis trade speculation: Three teams that can try to sign the 2018 All-Star 

A lot of teams will jump up to try to sign Kristaps Porzingis if he’s available on the market. Such is the reputation the 7’3” big man has earned for himself in the NBA. Without further ado, let’s take a look at which teams will benefit from signing the 25-year-old.

Golden State Warriors

This is the first team on the list and the most surprising entity. However, it not crazy to assume that the Golden State Warriors will try to sign Kristaps Porzingis. His arrival to the team will completely push James Wiseman to the bench, but the latter can at least learn from an experienced talent like Porzingis. 

Jan 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, there is a reason why the Warriors are on this list. SNY’s Ian Begley recently published a report that informed readers about the Mavericks’ latest move. Apparently, Dallas reached out to the Warriors about a possible trade that involved sending Porzingis to Golden State. 

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the second major contenders on this list. Everything has a reasoning behind it, and so does this one. It has been reported multiple times that the Mavs are looking to bring in Andre Drummond as a replacement for Kristaps Porzingis. 

Since Dallas is looking to sign Drummond, they might as well trade Porzingis to the Cavaliers in return for the All-Star center. This would be the most sensational move as it will perfectly balance things. A center for a center. 

New York Knicks

Well, before you get to any conclusions, nobody has forgotten the ugly history between the Knicks and Porzingis. The Knicks were wrong to not offer Porzingis a rookie extension, a move that went down as a regret. 

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However, they now have a chance to redeem themselves and boost the team’s playoff contention this season. Kristaps Porzingis would be the ideal partner to complement the explosive Julius Randle who has been unbelievable form this season. 

Furthermore, it will also give Porzingis another chance to prove the Knicks wrong. A homecoming in New York seems unlikely to happen, but would be amazing if the Knicks manage to trade for the player they once selected in the NBA Draft.

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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