Trade target No. 4: Kistaps Porzingis, Washington Wizards
What if the Cavaliers don’t want to break up their twin-towers look, but realize they need to get shooting onto the court? In that scenario, there is one player potentially available on the trade market who represents the best of both worlds: incredible size and rim protection on defense, and floor-spacing on offense.
That player is Kristaps Porzingis, the original “Unicorn” who pairs rim protection with 3-point shooting. The Washington Wizards are committing to their rebuild this summer, which will almost certainly lead to a trade if Porzingis opts into the final season of his contract. Jarrett Allen is younger and a better bet for the Wizards to build around moving forward.
After ESPN’s Zach Lowe first pitched the trade on his podcast we’ve discussed the merits of such a deal, including the pros and cons of trading for Porzingis. His injury history is certainly a concern, but the improvement he would provide on offense with his shooting without giving up too much at the other end could unlock something truly special for the Cavaliers.
There’s no guarantee any of these teams would be willing to make a deal with the Cavaliers, especially since Cleveland has no first-round picks to trade. The Cavs should at least call and ask, however, and it may be that a path to a creative deal to add a star could be accomplished.