Kristaps Porzingis likely to join Celtics in offseason shake-up. AFP/File

Kristaps Porzingis likely to join Celtics in offseason shake-up

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Kristaps Porzingis likely to join Celtics in offseason shake-up. AFP/File

The Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, and Los Angeles Clippers have engaged in discussions involving Kristaps Porzingis, Malcolm Brogdon, and Marcus Morris in an intriguing three-way trade scenario. 

The potential deal has gained momentum just ahead of the 2023 NBA Draft.

The Celtics, aiming to strengthen their frontcourt depth, are reportedly interested in acquiring Washington’s 7-foot-3 big man, Porzingis. Sources suggest that Boston’s head coach, Brad Stevens, is exploring the possibility of a trade. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that the Celtics and Wizards have been discussing a potential framework for the trade.

“The Celtics are pursuing Kristaps Porzingis from the Wizards in a potential opt-in-and-trade deal,” Charania stated. “I’m told Washington and Boston have been in discussion on potential framework as Porzingis navigates the decision on his $36 million player option for next season.”

The Wizards, in the midst of a rebuild after trading away Bradley Beal, are likely seeking young players and draft picks for Porzingis. However, as the Celtics lack both assets, a third team may need to get involved to facilitate the deal.

Furthermore, the Clippers have entered the mix, expressing interest in Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon. ESPN and Yahoo reported that Boston has also explored a trade for Phoenix Suns’ center DeAndre Ayton. These developments indicate the Celtics’ active pursuit of roster upgrades.

Should the trade come to fruition, Porzingis would bring much-needed balance to the Celtics’ guard-heavy roster. The Latvian forward enjoyed a strong season with the Wizards, averaging 23.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Additionally, his improved shooting percentages from the field and beyond the arc make him an attractive target for Boston.

As the negotiations progress, it remains to be seen how Porzingis would fit alongside Celtics’ big men Robert Williams and Al Horford. The potential trade would allow Boston to evaluate his compatibility before making a decision on Jaylen Brown’s future supermax contract.

The trade talks highlight the evolving landscape of the NBA offseason, with teams actively exploring player swaps and seeking to optimise their rosters. Fans eagerly await the outcome of these discussions as the NBA Draft draws nearer.

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