Kristaps Porzingis and the Boston Celtics are officially committing to each other
The rumors appear to be true: the Boston Celtics are locking in big man Kristaps Porzingis for more than just a one-year window.
According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, the Celtics and Porzingis are expected to finalize a two-year contract extension worth approx. $60 million. He was on the books for just a one-year deal at just over $36 million.
Porzingis recently came to the Celtics as part of a three-team trade that sent guard Marcus Smart to the Memphis Grizzlies. Rumors quickly emerged that Boston would work toward extending Porzingis for two more years.
Porzingis played 65 games for the Washington Wizards in 2022-23, his highest total since his rookie season in a career marked by injuries. He averaged 23.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, while shooting a career-best .498 from the field, as well as .385 from three-point range.
The Celtics were originally reported to be working on a trade that involved veteran point guard Malcolm Brogdon, but the Los Angeles Clippers ultimately walked away due to concerns about Brogdon’s recent elbow injury. That ultimately led to Smart being traded. As of this writing, NBA free agency has officially started and Brogdon remains with the Celtics.
Celtics President of Basketball Ops Brad Stevens will also have a decision to make on restricted free agent Grant Williams, who was extended a qualifying offer. Williams can still negotiate an extension or sign-and-trade instead of accepting the offer.
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