Kristaps Porzingis to DC? Here's what NBA agents are saying
Wizards twitter exploded after a #KP2DC report emerged, but what are the odds it could actually happen?
48 hours prior to the Washington Wizards’ toughest stretch of the season, which started with the Boston Celtics (barf) on Feb. 14, Washington was 6-17 and fresh off an 18-point loss to the New York Knicks, while Bradley Beal (rest) watched from the sidelines.
All hope for the season seemed lost, r/WashingtonWizards was coming up with creative (and entertaining) ways to get head coach Scott Brooks removed from his position, and fans seemed more interested in upcoming G-League games to scout potential lottery picks, than watching glorified L.A. Fitness pickup basketball inside of Capital One Arena.
Who could blame them? Heck, I was fed up too. I love the game, but that brand of Wizards basketball was disrespectful to the other 29 teams in the Association.
Well, well, well, how the turn tables.
In a “surprise” move, Brooks inserted Garrison Mathews and Moe Wagner into the starting lineup, alongside Beal, Russell Westbrook, and Rui Hachimura – they won five straight over the Celtics, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers (six-game winning streak at the time), and Los Angeles Lakers.
An improbable and unexpected run like that, especially in the Eastern Conference where the No. 4 seed Indiana Pacers are .500 (15-15) can transform a team's mindset from standing pat/selling at the trade deadline (March 25), to buying.
The only problem with buying is that well…you have to be able to afford it.
[Insert Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors here]
A recent report surfaced that the Wizards are “monitoring a potential trade for Dallas Mavericks F Kristaps Porzingis.” To which I responded:
NBA Central @TheNBACentralThe Wizards are among the teams monitoring Kristaps Porzingis, per https://t.co/yG9rDCR264 https://t.co/wifdAxq0mS
Is it just me or does the vocabulary in these viral reports tickle anyone else? They’re fool proof! Low-risk, high-reward shots in the dark. If nothing ever materializes the outlet can always say “monitoring is all we reported, not any dialogue or substantial mutual interests between the two franchises.” In the rare event it is true, they’re the first ones to say “I told you so!” Social media is all about getting the people going. It’s provocative! (If you don’t know that reference I’m ashamed of you)
Regardless of my initial doubts, I decided to play along and check all the necessary boxes.
I spoke to four NBA agents about the possibility of Washington trading for the 7-foot-3 Latvian Unicorn.
My message, simple: “Kristaps Porzingis. Washington Wizards.
Here’s how they responded:
Agent No. 1:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Q-Mayo I love you!
In all seriousness, what is Washington willing to give up that [Mark] Cuban would actually want. Better offers in the waters IF Mavs actually trying to move KP.
Agent No. 2:
Yea no. Also, his brothers (agent) are cancer, you don’t want that.
There is a reason every team wants to trade him sooner rather than later.
Agent No. 3
I don’t think that’s gonna happen.
Agent No. 4
Rui [Hacimura] and Deni [Avdija] are solid players but not getting first round picks for either of those guys at the moment. [Davis] Bertans probably has negative value at the moment. Doubt Dallas trades Porzingis when his value is this low. Maybe he gets better in the next month though.
Is KP talented? Absolutely! Could the Wizards benefit from adding a 25-year-old 3-level scorer? Sure! However, this isn’t NBA 2K myGM where you can force trades with no regards for anything other than your personal goals.
Assuming Dallas answers the phone, a package centered around Bertans isn’t going to get you far with a player with the ceiling of KP – especially not with Mavericks GM, Mark Cuban calling the shots. Throwing in Thomas Bryant, and other potential cap fillers like Wagner, Robin Lopez, Troy Brown Jr, Ish Smith, etc. just isn't enough. Now, Washington’s future first round picks are absolutely sweeteners, but a team that already used one to acquire Westbrook in a trade for John Wall may be a bit hesitant to unload another within ~100 days of each other.
Let’s not forget, GM Tommy Sheppard was/is adamant on winning now, while also protecting the team’s flexibility in the future (Hachimura, Avdija, draft picks) if Beal is to ever request a comercio.
I do, however, expect the Wizards to make some sort of move by the deadline, just not for a max contract player in his early twenties. Remember, Sheppard made two deadline deals since taking over in 2019. Last February, the team traded Jordan McRae for point guard Shabazz Napier. Washington also acquired guard Jerome Robinson as part of a three-team trade with New York and the LA Clippers.
Sorry Wiz fans.
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