Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is reluctant to part with Kemba Walker and has declined multiple offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the star point guard, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj described the Cavs as having “no traction”, suggesting that talks between the two teams were over.
Then, just 12 minutes later, Woj sent this tweet out:
Lakers sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
And then, Shams Charania clarified what the Cavs were sending out.
Sources: Cleveland has traded Isaiah Thomas in package deal for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2018
It’s safe to say that the Hornets and Cavs are no longer discussing a trade for Walker, I think. They not only traded away Isaiah Thomas, presumably the main piece in any deal for Kemba, but also acquired Jordan Clarkson, whom, while more of a combo guard than Walker, fills a similar niche.
So far, a rather uneventful trade deadline day for the Hornets. They acquired Willy Hernangomez yesterday, mind you, so they’re definitely looking. Still, it’s reassuring to know that Kemba will probably remain a Hornet.
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