How the Grizzlies could fleece the Mavericks for Kristaps Porzingis

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The Memphis Grizzlies would be one of the scariest teams on any given night with Kristaps Porzingis

It’s already clear that the Grizzlies aren’t afraid to give up their veteran players. This became obvious when Jonas Valanciunas was shipped off in the past offseason in exchange for Steven Adams and a few smaller assets.

Why wouldn’t they do the same if it brought in an NBA All-Star-caliber player? Here’s what the deal looks like as a whole.

The primary pushback here would likely be in relation to the fact that Porzingis isn’t an NBA All-Star anymore. Quite frankly, he’s not even very close to that level. Memphis would be taking a risk on a player who is currently averaging a career-low (excluding his rookie year) 14.8 points per game.

But if you get Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. to an All-Star level with Kristaps Porzingis playing great basketball, Memphis could have as good of a “big three” as anybody.

Memphis would also receive Dwight Powell, though that part of the trade is given to make it financially viable.

Overall, this is more of a getting-off point than an actual trade. That said, the Mavericks would get rid of an ugly contract and gain a couple of immediate contributors, while the Raptors would get a couple of young players, a future asset, and a strong veteran.

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There are also big implications down the road for the Grizzlies, whose contract situation regarding a few young players would get a lot trickier. Would Memphis do this? Probably not, but we’ve seen wilder things happen.