Kristaps Porzingis’ departure from the Knicks last week makes a lot of Knicks fans unhappy, but there is one notable exception: super-agent and former NBA executive Rob Pelinka. The Lakers are a team that could use a star, and if they could convince Porzingis to put on a Lakers uniform, LA would suddenly be one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Porzingis and the New York Knicks have agreed to part ways, and, now, Kristaps Porzingis is reportedly headed to the Charlotte Hornets to play alongside his brother, LaMelo. The Knicks were one of the most disappointing teams in the league last season, but new GM Scott Perry is already making moves. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe writes, “It’s early, but the signs are positive.”

The NBA playoffs are in June 2021 and we are getting ready for the NBA draft. But what’s really interesting is that NBA rumor season has begun. The first major player rumored to be moving to the NBA is Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks. Word is he wants out of Dallas and the team wants him out. The Charlotte Hornets could be the dropout as the team looks to complete rookie LaMelo Ball.

Kristaps Porzingis and Dallas Mavericks sour relationship

One of the biggest questions for the future is when the Mavs will try to build a competitive team around superstar Luka Doncic: Where does Kristaps Porzingis fit into the picture? https://t.co/x7gpJcZEz2 – Tim McMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 7, 2021 The biggest and most consistent rumor in the NBA lately has to do with the drama in Dallas. The team lost again to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, and tensions between Porzingis and Mavs star Luka Doncic appear to have reached a boiling point. Rumors of a rift between Porzingis and Doncic have been surfacing all season. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appeared to confirm the rumors in a radio interview, saying there had been altercations between the two. Then, after a playoff loss in the first round in which an injured Doncic seemed to be the team’s go-to guy, it was reported that Porzingis was unhappy with Big D. According to ESPN’s Tim McMahon, he feels more like a second player than a second star because Doncic dominates the game and the spotlight so much. With two years left on Porzingis’ contract and a $101.5 million player option, the oft-injured star won’t be an easy trade. However, a 25-year-old 6-foot-4 player with good touch, great three-point range and even the ability to defend the rim will always be of interest to NBA teams.

According to NBA rumors, the Charlotte Hornets are very interested in trading Porzingis

The real championship contenders probably won’t try to buy Porzingis from Dallas. His injury history and tendency to not show up at crucial times make him too risky for teams likely to win the title. But for young rookie teams, this unicorn with unique talent is worth a try. The Hornets are definitely in that category and are showing interest. Evan Massey of the NBA Analysis Network reports: A source said the Hornets are intrigued by the possibility of taking on Porzingis. They want to add a big man in LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier. Porzingis won’t bring the defensive presence they are looking for, but he will bring more offensive power and strength. Charlotte will likely have to give up P.J. Washington, a promising young offensive player, but a starting lineup of Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges and Porzingis will be formidable in the Eastern Conference. The biggest risk in this lineup is the injury-prone combination of Hayward and Porzingis. Together, they will barely break the 82-game mark in the 2020-21 season.

How does Porzingis do against LaMelo Ball and the Hornets?

word-image-9530 word-image-9531 (L-R) LaMelo Ball, Kristaps Porzingis | Photo Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images; Photo Tom Pennington/Getty Images Michael Jordan’s Hornets seemingly built a young, strong team overnight. First, they made two separate deals with the Boston Celtics, trading Rosier and Hayward for Kemba Walker. Then they acquired Ball when he finished 3rd in the 2020 NBA Draft, and suddenly had a team that qualified for the NBA play-in tournament. If these NBA trade rumors are true, Charlotte fans should be excited about the possibility of getting Porzingis. The team got virtually nothing from its centers – Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo and rookie Vernon Carey Jr – in 2020. The Latvian big man will also provide more space on the floor than any other center on their roster, which is good for Ball, who is much better at driving than shooting from long range (35.2% from distance in 2020-21). The former New York Knicks player isn’t exactly Dikembe Mutombo when it comes to defense, but his 1.3 blocks per game rank 21st in the league. When healthy and committed, he’s an underrated edge rusher, and that’s exactly what the Hornets need. The other big problem, besides the injury history, is the strength. Porzingis didn’t like that Doncic overshadowed him in Dallas, and Ball is on his way to becoming one of the league’s biggest stars with just 51 NBA games. And if Porzingis already didn’t like Doncic dominating the spotlight, he certainly won’t be happy about LaVar Ball taking over. Despite the potential problems, this NBA trade rumor makes a lot of sense for Charlotte. They don’t have to give up much and can keep building, and they can add a player with incredibly high potential if he can stay healthy. All stats are from Basketball Reference, contract data from Spotrac EPILOGUE: Zion Williamson is reportedly spooked by rumors that the New Orleans Pelicans would like to trade the disgruntled NBAstar

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