Sources: Three-team trade to send Kristaps Porzingis to Celtics falls through

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

The three-team trade between the Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and Washington Wizards that would have seen the Celtics acquire Kristaps Porzingis and the Clippers land Malcolm Brogdon has fallen apart, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday night.

The Wizards are still working on ways to get Porzingis to the Celtics in an opt-in and trade scenario, but it won't be in the three-way deal with L.A., sources said.

Porzingis still has the ability to decline his $36 million player option and become a free agent. He has a midnight deadline on Wednesday to do so.

The Celtics didn't want to wait any deeper into Wednesday night on the completion of the proposed three-way trade and pivoted away from including the Clippers in the deal, sources said.

In the proposed trade, the Wizards would have received Marcus Morris, Amir Coffey and the 30th pick in Thursday's draft from the Clippers, along with forward Danilo Gallinari from Boston, sources said.

Porzingis, who will turn 28 on Aug. 2, averaged a career-high 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 blocks in 65 games for the Wizards this past season.

The fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Knicks was playing his first full season in Washington after the Wizards traded for him at the 2022 trade deadline.