Kristaps Porzingis was acquired by the Washington Wizards last week in what was arguably the second-biggest deal of this year’s NBA Trade Deadline.
Although there has been a lot of chatter about Porzingis possibly getting dealt in recent years – it still came as something of a shock.
Fortunately, Porzingis seems to welcome the change in scenery.
This week he addressed not only his Wizards future, but how he envisions himself meshing with Bradley Beal.
“[Beal’s] incredible. He’s one of those guys that takes a lot of attention away from everybody else in a good way,” Porzingis told NBCSW’s Chris Miller.
“I also look forward to doing that, coming in here, taking the attention away so other guys can free up and shoot, and create for my teammates. Playing with Brad, I think it’s going to be extremely fun. He’s dynamic, he knows the game, he has a lot of experience in the playoffs and I think the sooner we were able to get on [the floor], even if it’s practice floor together and start talking and start getting a feel for each other, the better off we’ll be.”
Porzingis has kept it very real in recent days on not only what he sees for his Wizards future, but also where he went wrong with the Dallas Mavericks.
His blunt honesty in regards to his relationship with Luka Doncic was telling.
It will be interesting to ultimately see if his relationship with Beal ends up being any better.
This is likely Porzingis’ last chance to pump some life back into his career. The enthusiasm that followed him around during his heyday with the New York Knicks has long since dissipated. There’s a reason the Toronto Raptors straight up rejected a trade for him.
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If Porzingis can string together a nice run with the Wizards, all his past sins will immediately be washed away.
Should he fail again, though – Porzingis will inevitably go down as one of the more disappointing wastes of potential from his generation.