Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Report: Celtics in 'strong' talks involving three-team trade for Kristaps Porzingis

The Celtics, Wizards and Clippers are in strong talks on a potential three-team trade involving Kristaps Porzingis, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Per the latest report, Porzingis would be sent to Boston, Marcus Morris and draft picks to Washington and Malcolm Brogdon to Los Angeles.

While details are still being finalized around Porzingis' $36 million player option for next season, the deal is considered a "high possibility," per a league source. Boston would also need to send out additional salary to match and Danilo Gallinari's expiring $6.8 million player option -- he just picked up over the weekend -- would fit that gap to reach the salary threshold.

Porziņģis, 27, averaged a career-high 23.2 points this past season in Washington, to go along with 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 65 games played. The 7-foot-3 big man was acquired by the Wizards back in February of 2022.

Brogdon, 30, did not make one start for the first time in his career during the 2022-23 campaign for Boston. The veteran guard put up averages of 14.9 points with 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists -- while earning Sixth Man of the Year honors.

Former Celtics forward, Morris (33), averaged 11.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest for Los Angeles this season.

When healthy, Pozingis has been productive, even being named an All-Star in 2018. But, durability has been an issue for the big man from Latvia throughout his career. Porzingis sat out the entire 2018-19 campaign with an ACL injury and has missed 25 games or more in four of the last seven NBA seasons he has played.

Meanwhile, the Wizards have begun a major rebuild, by trading star guard Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns earlier this week for Chris Paul.

Joel Pavón

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