The Charlotte Hornets are looking to work out a deal that would send Kemba Walker to the New York Knicks.
News broke on Friday that the Charlotte Hornets are looking to trade star point guard Kemba Walker.
Ian Begley of ESPN is reporting that the Hornets would like to talk with the New York Knicks about getting a deal done, but the Knicks are not crazy about the idea of taking on one of Charlotte’s undesirable contracts.
The Charlotte Hornets would like engage the Knicks on trade discussions involving All-Star point guard Kemba Walker but New York and Charlotte haven’t yet had substantive discussions about a trade involving Walker, per league sources. It seems unlikely at this point that the Knicks will want to meet Charlotte’s desired return. Charlotte is hoping a Walker trade returns a good young player or a first-round pick, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks have first-round draft picks and a promising young player in Frank Ntilikina. But the other part of Charlotte’s request is a holdup for the Knicks. Wojnarowski reports that Charlotte appears eager to shed one of its less desirable contracts. That would mean the Knicks would likely need to take on extra salary to acquire Walker, which was something New York was hesitant to do in trading Carmelo Anthony over the summer.
The Knicks make a lot of sense for Walker given the fact that he’s from the Bronx and New York already has a young point guard in Frank Ntilikina that would be a nice addition for the Hornets.
While the Hornets would like to unload a contract like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s or Nicholas Batum’s, they may have to go ahead and trade Walker without doing so because he’s not expected to re-sign when his contract is up after the 2018-19 season.
The Knicks have been taking a close look at their own roster, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post, with their recent slip in play. So maybe they’ll try and work something out with the Hornets.
The entire brass is on this six-game trip against the Western Conference — president Steve Mills, general manager Scott Perry, director of player development Craig Robinson, director of player personnel Harold Ellis and longtime Knicks executive Jamie Matthews.
As the Knicks cruise through the Western territories, facing Utah on Friday, internal meetings are ongoing about the roster — one that showed all its flaws against the Grizzlies.
Now the Knicks did just defeat the Utah Jazz on Friday night, but they’re a mediocre team that New York should defeat. We’ll have to see how they continue to play on their western road trip after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies the other night.
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