- Woj breaks down Kristaps Porzingis-Marcus Smart trade
News: 4 days agoCeltics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens said Tuesday that Porzingis (foot) is completely healthy ahead of training camp, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
Spin: Porzingis sat out the 2023 FIBA World Cup due to plantar fasciitis, but as expected, he's good to go for his first training camp with the Celtics. "Kristaps has been running up and down the court the last few days," Stevens said. "I thought the progression that his trainers [in Latvia], our trainers here and everybody came up with to get him back so that he could avoid anything lingering was key." The new-look Celtics will presumably have some kinks to work out in 2023-24, but Porzingis, whose fantasy value likely takes a hit with the move, brings a new dimension to a team with championship aspirations.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Porzingis was traded to the Celtics this offseason, marking his fourth NBA squad in the last six seasons. Porzingis is an excellent scoring big, averaging 21.4 PPG in his last five seasons, but he scores more off the face-up and from the 3-point line than on the blocks. He will likely be the third scoring option for the Celtics, behind Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, which could eat into his volume but get him more open looks to improve on his career-best 49.8 FG% last season. The biggest concern with Porzingis is always his availability; he has averaged only 52.8 games/season in the last five campaigns he's played in plus missed 2018-19 entirely. Porzingis missed the FIBA World Cup with plantar fasciitis, but is expected to be back for the start of training camp.