Even though he hasn't been at the best level in the past couple of seasons, Kristaps Porzingis is still considered a valuable piece around the NBA. The Latvian big man had a tumultuous exit from the New York Knicks, didn't have the best tenure in Dallas, and now is trying to find his place in Washington.
However, that couldn't be the last we hear about him. He could be on the move again and this time, to join two exciting players in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics are having a sweet moment right now, bouncing back from the bad games they had at the beginning of the season, becoming a competitive squad in the East.
One executive thinks that Porzingis would be a major problem with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but admits that it could go wrong, given the player's recent injury history.
“The Wizards got Porzingis to trade him,” an Eastern Conference front-office executive told Heavy. “If he can be anything close to healthy, he fits perfectly with Tatum and Brown and Rob Williams. Good shooter, good help-defender, protects the rim. But Smart, Theis, and Nesmith should be enough there. They can keep Smart and do Derrick White there, too.”
“But that is the thing, with contracts they brought in, they can do this kind of deal now,” the front-office executive added. “They could not before. Porzingis is kind of a controversial player, is he ever healthy? But that might be a risk worth taking for them.”
Porzingis can become the piece the C's need to compete in the East, but as this person said, his health remains a major question mark for the Greens. If he can stay healthy and shows what he can do on the court, we could see him making a lot of noise at TD Garden. The Celtics have struggled to find a solid big man in recent times and this could be the answer to their problems.