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The New York Knicks may be contemplating a trade for Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall, according to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“Some in the league believe the Knicks are stocking up their young assets and will make a major play for Wall if he becomes available,” Berman wrote.
The Wizards reportedly have been considering a shakeup after a rocky start, and according to ESPN, may be open to moving Wall or backcourt-mate Bradley Beal in the right deal.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have have been relatively pleased with the rise of point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke — creating the theory around the league that second-year man Frank Ntilikina has become available.
So far, teams with a reported interest in Ntilikina include the Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic. Perhaps the Wizards could fall into that group should they become interested enough in moving on from Wall.
Damyean Dotson is another member of the Knicks supposedly drawing interest.
“It would have to be a three-team deal with the Knicks throwing in Ntilikina, Dotson, Courtney Lee (for cap purposes), a 2020 first-round and second-round pick,” Berman wrote.
As Berman suggested, the Knicks are hopeful of landing an All-Star in free agency, but a trading for one may be more realistic.
“If the Knicks feel they are out of the superstar free-agent market (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, even Kemba Walker), then it could happen,” Berman wrote. “By far, point guard is their most egregious weakness.”
Wall, 28, is averaging 21.3 points and 8.4 assistsfor the 9-14 Wizards.