It is safe to say that after two seasons, Kemba Walker’s period with the Boston Celtics has not yielded ideal results. It really is an unfortunate situation. The Celtics have both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on their way as legitimate stars. They are surrounded by a crop of veterans led by Walker. It seemed like the perfect formula for a title.
But for some reason things did not work out. Walker has had a good deal of fights and injuries. There may even be questions about his overall fit with the Celtics̵
Damian Lillard’s massive four-year contract extension of $ 176 million starts from next season. He signed this in 2019. But much has changed since then. Amidst all of Lillard’s daggers from the logo and scoring outbursts, the fact is that the Blazers have not really won anything. Sure, they have reached the playoffs eight years in a row. But the NBA has always been about winning. And the Trail Blazers have failed in this regard.
As such, all eyes are on Lillard if he pulls the trigger and asks for a trade. Of course, lots of teams would love the services of a player like Lillard. The New York Knicks, who will have ample room for caps as several of the guards are out of order, will likely be ahead of the Lillard race.
Celtics fans know, however, that the front management just will not let this pass. In addition, the Celtics remain an attractive team. In an imaginary scenario, as suggested by Bleacher Report (via Mark Nilon from FanSided), the Celtics could send Kemba Walker, Aaron Nesmith, Robert Williams III and a host of future picks in exchange for Lillard. This seems to be an attractive package for the Trail Blazers, who are likely to go into reconstruction mode when Lillard requests a trade. However, do not be surprised if Jaylen Brown is inserted into the package. Walker is good and anything but the last two years has been awful for the guard. The Blazers want more assurance that they will not end up as bottom feeders when the trade pushes through.
While the Lillard deal may burn a hole through the Celtics’ roster, the same is not the case if they are pursuing Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks. Both players are within $ 30 million a year. The Celtics and Trail Blazers may include more pieces in the package if they deem it necessary. Aside from financial worries, a Porzingis who wears the Celtics jersey and Walker who goes on Mavs seem perfect to the parties involved. Porzingis and Walker’s underperformance could just be a matter of fit (or lack thereof). Overall, both players are still well within their prime. Maybe a change in scenery is what they need.
Tatum has grown to be one of the most potent goal scorers in the league. Defense has gone to respect him by sending double and triple teams. If Porzingis gets into the fold, he would probably knock all the open 3-pointers down all day. The Celtics are also scheduled to look for a new coach. He may have the ideal playbook for a Porzingis-Tatum tandem.