Kemba Walker could lead the New York Knicks to the playoffs this season.
As much as I like New York Knicks’ rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina, acquiring a proven player like Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets would make a lot more sense.
Adrian Wojnarowski Of ESPN reported on Friday that the Hornets are shopping Walker.
ESPN Sources: Charlotte making All-Star guard Kemba Walker available in trade talks. Story: https://t.co/4u3mLpmHcH
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 19, 2018
I would imagine that Walker would love to play for the Knicks, given the fact that he’s originally from the Bronx.
With Walker only having two years left on his current contract, it’s safe to say that he’ll likely leave the Hornets as a free agent, given the fact that Charlotte haven’t improved much since he was drafted.
It wouldn’t be difficult at all for the Knicks to trade for Walker. They could offer Ntilikina along with center Kyle O’Quinn and could always throw in another player or their upcoming first round draft pick for a player that’s in the midst of his prime.
It would be unfortunate to move on from Ntilikina already, but we don’t know if he’ll ever be as good as Walker, given the fact that he’s only 19 years-old.
The 27 year-old Walker is averaging 21.7 points per game and has connected on 42 percent of his shots so far this season.
Comment below and tell us whether you think the Knicks should try and trade for Walker.
Update: Woj mentioned on SportsCenter that in order to unload Walker, the Hornets would like to also get rid of a player like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Nicholas Batum, due to the fact that they’re not playing up to the value of their contracts.
Adding Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to the trade may not be bad for the Knicks. They could use another small forward, which would help them move Tim Hardaway Jr. to shooting guard. But if they’re going to make the trade work financially, they would have to also include Enes Kanter in the deal.