The Boston Celtics offseason has become more interesting as reports are swirling that the team is in pursuit of Washington Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis. Shams Charania says the Celtics are in strong talks to send Malcolm Brogdon to the Clippers in a three-team trade that would land them Porzingis.
Acquiring Porzingis is an unnecessary risk for the Celtics, and it could cost them.
I am a hard no on Porzingis because he is an injury-prone player that will not change much. Porzingis has only played over 60 games three times in his career, so he is essentially the same as Robert Williams III.
Although Porzingis played 65 games a year ago, what is the likelihood that he repeats that again next year? I don’t like the idea of the Boston Celtics having two unreliable big men that are also essential players to any playoff run.
Also, if you combine the fact that Porzingis is becoming a journeyman and that his teams never win, the move becomes even more puzzling. The whole point of this offseason for the Cs was to add veteran/winning players to help elevate Tatum and Brown, not loser players. If the deal goes through, the Boston Celtics will be the fourth team that Porzingis has played for, and there is a reason for that. If you are trading almost nothing for a player, there is a reason why.
There is no fit between the Boston Celtics and Kristaps Porzingis
Ultimately, I don’t see the fit with Porzingis, and I feel that this is an unnecessary risk for a team that is in win-now mode. Also, with Porzingis being a one-year rental, the Celtics are going all in this year, and they are doing it with a player who may not be there when it matters most.
It will be interesting to see if this deal goes through and its impact on the Boston Celtics.