In the biggest of a series of deadline moves for the Wizards, Washington has acquired former All-Star Kristaps Porzingis from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, freeing the Wizards from two contracts that were not providing value for them.
The trade, which was first reported by ESPN, has been confirmed by NBC Sports Washington. The Wizards will also get a second round pick from Dallas.
This trade gives the Wizards a player in Porzingis under contract for two more years, with 2023-24 a player option. He will make $33.8 million next season.
Porzingis is averaging 19.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this season through 34 games. He has missed the Mavericks' last five games with a bone bruise in his right knee.
In Porzingis, the Wizards get a high-upside player at a position of need. He should slide in as their starting center alongside Kyle Kuzma at the four, giving the Wizards an intriguing frontcourt.
Porzingis should help Washington in two areas of need: shot-blocking and 3-point shooting. This season his 3-point percentage is down to 28.3%, but last season he made 37.6% on 6.0 attempts per game. He is a solid shot-blocker, though has well-documented issues on the defensive end overall.
Dinwiddie leaves the Wizards after just a few months. He was acquired by Washington in a sign-and-trade with the Nets over the summer, but never proved to be a good fit with shooting guard Bradley Beal. Bertans was re-signed to an $80 million contract in 2020, but was never able to live up to the money he received.
Porizingis isn't a perfect player and has some durability issues, but getting him for two players who had become deadweight contracts could bode well for Washington moving forward.