The Washington Wizards are getting bigger at the trade deadline. Way bigger.
With the clock ticking on Thursday's 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline, the Wizards agreed to trade guard Spencer Dinwiddie and forward Davis Bertans to the Dallas Mavericks for big man Kristaps Porzingis.
The Wizards also receive a second-round pick from Dallas in the deal.
Porzingis, 26, is signed through the 2023-24 season with a player option in the final year of his deal. The 7-foot-3 Latvian is averaging 19.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 34 games for the Mavericks this season.
It's a big win for the Wizards, too, in unloading the massive contract for Bertans, who's failed to be a consistent performer in D.C. since signing a five-year, $80 million deal in Nov. 2020.
After earning the contract with a career year during his first season in Washington (2019-20), Bertans has played an increasingly minimal role in the Wizards offense, down to 14.7 minutes per game this season.