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3 Most Likely Kristaps Porzingis Trade Destinations

Three possible trade destinations for Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis.
Three possible trade destinations for Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks' acquisition of Kristaps Porzingis hasn't had glowing results so far, and the team's current struggles are prompting questions about the viability of a Porzingis-Luka Doncic pairing. Things have gotten so bad that the Mavs are reportedly feeling out the trade market for their 7-foot-3 big man.

Porzingis' massive contract makes a deal hard to pull off, but here are three teams who could trade for the former No. 4 overall pick.

Kristaps Porzingis Trade Rumors

3. Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors know how taking a big swing can pay off. Trading for Porzingis would undoubtedly be a risk, but it's hard not to dream about him in this offense. He'd provide a go-to option in the frontcourt that can stretch the floor and take some of the scoring pressure off of Pascal Siakam, who has struggled at times as the team's No. 1 option. It's clear that Toronto needs big man help, and getting the Latvian when his value is at an all-time low could have a massive payoff down the line. With Kyle Lowry on a massive expiring contract, it'd give Toronto a piece to make this deal possible and the Mavs cap relief at the end of the season to chase another star.

2. Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets are one of the league's biggest stories as a young, upstart team full of potential. Currently just outside the playoff picture, a Porzingis trade is the kind of all-in move that Michael Jordan could make if he wants to boost his team's star power and lock them in as dark-horse threats in a wide-open Eastern Conference. Charlotte has the right blend of big contracts and intriguing young players that could make a deal happen, giving the Hornets a real shot at making the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

1. Golden State Warriors

Dallas reportedly reached out to the Golden State Warriors about a Porzingis trade, which makes this destination an intriguing possibility. Golden State is without a real No. 2 threat outside of Stephen Curry given Klay Thompson's injury, and Porzingis (20.5 points per game on 35.2% from deep) could immediately step in as a great complement to the MVP contender. Even if they don't truly contend this season, the potential of Porzingis being unleashed next year with Curry and Thompson back in the fold is a scary thought. With Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre as two expendable pieces, perhaps a third team could help facilitate a deal if the Mavs aren't interested in taking back Wiggins' contract.

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