NBA Rumors: Wizards Reportedly Interested In Acquiring Kristaps Porzingis From Mavericks

Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during a game.
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Earlier this week, rumors began to circulate that the Dallas Mavericks are gauging the trade market for Kristaps Porzingis amid the team's difficulty in cracking the top eight of the competitive Western Conference.

While it wasn't mentioned which teams might be leading the way as suitors for the 7-foot-3-inch Latvian, a new report suggests that the Washington Wizards -- who have been on a hot streak as of late -- are among the clubs interested in acquiring Porzingis at some point in the future.

Porzingis Could Join Westbrook & Beal As Washington's Third Star

Dallas Mavericks center/forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks the ball.
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As reported on Tuesday by Chris Crouse of FortyEightMinutes, the Wizards are apparently monitoring Porzingis' situation in Dallas. Citing a source familiar with the matter, he added that Washington is hoping to add a third star to play alongside their All-Star backcourt of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.

As of this writing, Porzingis is averaging 20.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 47.3 from the field and 35.2 percent from three-point range, per Basketball-Reference. He has, however, missed 13 games this season due to a variety of injuries.

The Wizards Could Be A Dark Horse Candidate For The Playoffs

Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook of the Washington Wizards celebrate a good play.
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Despite sitting at 13th place in the Eastern Conference with an 11-18 record, the Wizards have been trending upward in recent weeks, winning five straight games before losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. As predicted by ClutchPoints, it's possible Washington could sneak into the playoffs, especially if they are able to acquire a third top-tier player like Porzingis.

"Washington will need to give up some of their assets in any potential Porzingis trade deal, though, who despite his injury history, still remains to be one of the top big men in the NBA today," the site added.

Reports Have Been Mixed Regarding Porzingis' Trade Availability

Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks shoots over PJ Washington of the Charlotte Hornets.
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As further noted by ClutchPoints, the recent rumors regarding Porzingis’ availability in the trade market have been mixed so far. One report suggested that the Mavericks have been in touch with the Golden State Warriors regarding a potential deal, hinting that the organization is at least considering its options for the 25-year-old. However, team owner Mark Cuban has “vehemently” insisted there is no truth to the claims that the former No. 4 overall draft pick might soon be on his way out of Dallas.

Porzingis Might Not Be Available After All

Dallas Mavericks players Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis celebrate on court.
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While the Wizards might be among the multiple teams that could potentially acquire Porzingis, FortyEightMinutes’ Crouse cautioned that there’s a “sense around the league” that the big man might not be available on the trade market at the moment. The reporter noted that this is because Dallas is hoping to surround him and Doncic with the best talent possible.

Porzingis will still have three years remaining on his contract after the 2020-21 season and is due to earn $29.5 million this year.