NBA: Jayson Tatum and the Celtics receive a major reinforcement
Published on June 22, 2023 at 1:12 p.m.
The night was restless in the NBA. While the Clippers, Wizards and Celtics were about to complete an incredible trade involving several players, everything fell apart when the Los Angeles franchise decided to withdraw from negotiations. In the end, another team entered the dance and allowed the Washington pivot, Kristaps Porzingis, to join Boston. A serious recruit for the Massachusetts franchise.
Two days after sending Bradley Beal at the Phoenix Suns, the Wizards were ready to part ways with their second major player, Kristaps Porzingis. A transfer to initially include the Celtics who were to send in exchange Malcolm Brogdon, sixth man of the year in the NBA, at the Clippers. Washington then recovered Danilo Gallinari, Marcus Morris and the 30th pick of the draft organized this Thursday. Problem, the Angelinos doubted the physical condition of Brogdonthus annihilating a possible trade.
Memphis as a savior
Panic on board, everything is cancelled. Wizards and Celtics need to find another franchise to negotiate with. That’s when the Grizzlies go for a header. Kristaps Porzingis is still in the deal but this time no Malcolm BrogdonMemphis wants Marcus Smartpresent in Boston since 2014 and best defender of the year in the green jersey in 2022. Negotiations were launched and an agreement was quickly reached.
First, Boston recovers Kristaps Porzingis as well as two first draft rounds. That of the Grizzlies in 2023 and that of the Warriors in 2024. Then, Memphis receives Marcus Smartwho will act as starting point guard in place of Ja Morant during its suspension. Finally, Washington inherits Tyus Jonesthe excellent lining of morant with the Grizzlies, and the 2nd round 2023 of Boston. Danilo Gallinari And Mike Muscala also join the franchise from Massachusetts.
Winning deal for Boston?
So yes, losing Marcus Smart, the Celtics are giving up on an excellent defender. But the arrival of Porzingis will undoubtedly allow Boston to take a step forward. With a Al Hordord aging (37 years old) and a Robert Williams offering too few physical guarantees (35 games played this season), the Celtics decided to give their racket a kick. They will attack the next season with Derrick White And Malcolm Brogdon at the back, even Payton Pritchard if he decided to stay in Massachusetts. All to accompany the duo Jaylen Brown / Jayson Tatum.