Report: Hornets want to talk Walker with Knicks

Hornets guard Kemba Walker is reportedly among the better players available ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

There will be no shortage of suitors for All-Star guard Kemba Walker, now that word has broken that the Charlotte Hornets would be willing to move him in a trade.

Ian Begley of ESPN says the Hornets would like to try and match up with the New York Knicks in potential trade talks for their leading scorer.

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.

However, Begley says New York doesn’t seem to be willing to meet Charlotte’s asking price.

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.

The big drawback, though, according to Begley, would be the Knicks not wanting to take on more salary in order to add Walker.

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 NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.

2 Comments on "Report: Hornets want to talk Walker with Knicks"

  1. Michael Jordan is pushing for that Brooklyn pick. Give it to him. We need Walker, Howard and MKG. Our defense is looking worse by the minute with Crowder, Thomas, Smith and Thompson all on the floor. Worst defensive lineup ever.

  2. How many games do the Cavs have to lose before Lue gets the axe? Do they ride this out just like last year and flip the switch? Is that acceptable again?

    Or does Koby pull off a mega trade to revamp the entire roster, thus saving Lue’s job? The drama continues!

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