Following a report yesterday from Adrian Wojnarowski, reports today link the Charlotte Hornets with two teams in their current quest to trade Kemba Walker. One team, the New York Knicks, is Kemba Walker’s hometown team. The other team, the Dallas Mavericks, who currently sit with a 15-30 record, 14th in the Western Conference.
Earlier today, ESPN’s Ian Begley reported that the Charlotte Hornets “would like to engage in trade talks” with the New York Knicks. However, it seems as if New York may not be as interested as anticipated. As Begley reports, “It seems unlikely at this point that the Knicks will want to meet the Hornets’ desired return.” Obviously, the Knicks have the assets to have a decent return for Charlotte, but the Knicks problem may be the extra salary they have to take on.
The other report links the Hornets with the Dallas Mavericks. Reporter Mike Fisher of Scout.com reports that the Charlotte Hornets have contacted the Dallas Mavericks about “facilitating” a Kemba Walker trade. Dallas is approximately $13 million under the salary cap at the moment so they certainly have the money to take on a large contract in a Walker deal. The only question is if they will be willing to part with any of their picks or young assets.
While these are just rumors, there is a common theme between them. Both teams have a young point guard, and good ones, at that. The Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina is more of a defensive guard who can shoot the three ball and facilitate the offense.He averages five points, two rebounds, and four assists. Dennis Smith Jr., however, is more of a flashy guy, who can do most everything offensively. However, his defense needs work. Smith is currently averaging 15 points, four rebounds, and five assists per game.
It’s also worth noting an interview with former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, who spoke with Charlotte radio host Chris Kroeger. In the interview, Griffin noted that the Hornets aren’t doing their job if they don’t listen to offers for Walker, but that it doesn’t mean they are actively shopping him.
As things continue, it will be worth keeping an eye on whether these reports gain any traction.