Both Kemba Walker and Kristaps Porzingis had underwhelming outings in the playoffs, as the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks were knocked out in the first round. There are doubts surrounding the duo's future, as their performances for their respective franchises have been subpar.
However, the two stars still possess the talent to be serviceable on a playoff team. The Boston Celtics require a utility big, while the Mavericks might explore the market for a secondary ball-handler.
Porzingis and Walker fit the description, and in this article, we will explain why a swap of the two players could work in the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks' favor.
The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks could address problem positions by agreeing to a Walker-Porzingis swap
Since parting ways with veteran power forward/center Al Horford, the Boston Celtics have had a hard time replacing him with a solid frontcourt player. The 17-time NBA champions signed Tristan Thompson in the off-season last year, but his production was not up to the mark during the course of the 2020-21 NBA campaign.
The Boston Celtics' other options for the position are Robert Williams, Tacko Fall and Luke Kornet. Williams has shown that he is a reliable option in limited minutes. However, his shortcomings on the offensive end mean that he can't be a starter, especially in the playoffs.
Fall is relatively young and inexperienced, while Kornet simply doesn't possess the quality required to compete in the postseason.
Kristaps Porzingis could potentially solve the Boston Celtics' frontcourt problem, as his rim-protection and ability to be a secondary scorer fits the bill perfectly. Porzingis is a low-usage player and is also an adept three-point shooter. That means the Celtics will have the option to field five shooters simultaneously on the court.
Meanwhile, if a swap were to go through, the Dallas Mavericks would get a secondary ball-handler/scorer in Kemba Walker. The Dallas Mavericks struggled in the absence of a second playmaker in the first-round series against the LA Clippers, as they missed a player who could make plays in the half-court when Luka Doncic sat.
Walker has averaged 19 points and 5 assists in his career, and the Dallas Mavericks can play him either in tandem with Luka Doncic or as a primary ball-handler with the second unit.
Kristaps Porzingis and Kemba Walker have close to similar contracts going into the 2021-22 NBA season, meaning a potential swap deal could be on the cards in the summer.