Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Cavaliers ready to go after Charlotte Hornets' All-Star point guard?

Kemba Walker Dwight Howard Cavaliers ready to go after Charlotte Hornets' All-Star point guard?
Kristopher Love | 21 January, 2018, 05:03

Each of the contracts of Dwight Howard (two years, $47 million) Nic Batum (four years, $100 million) Marvin Williams (three years, $42 million) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (three years $39 million) are absolutely terrible value, especially considering each of those players' recent production. Kidd-Gilchrist has $39 million over three years on his rookie scale extension. If the Knicks decide to be sellers and also make trades to shed rotation players before the deadline, it could become an interesting "race" for draft position between them.

Walker, a 27-year-old Bronx native who starred at CT, will be pursued by many teams, though no specific interest has been reported in the early stages.

Firstly, Charlotte can not consider giving up such a valuable asset without quite a substantial amount of talent or draft picks back in return.

With less than three weeks to go to the NBA's February 8 trade deadline, the first potential big name is now on the market.

He's also one of the best point guards in the league, putting together All-Star numbers for a Hornets team that simply hasn't surrounded him with enough talent to win.

If the Hornets find a trade partner and move Walker, let alone any other deals they might make, it could make it tougher for them to pass the Knicks.

Trading Walker would obviously be a franchise-altering, and re-setting, move for the Hornets.

There's no doubt that nearly every team in the National Basketball Association would welcome having Walker on their roster, and one of them is the Cleveland Cavaliers. This season, he's averaging 21.7 points and 5.8 assists per game.

Charlotte is quickly falling out of the playoff race, and they could be ready to start rebuilding. This is the second in a five-game homestand, a key stretch if the Hornets get back into playoff contention.

Why it makes sense: They've been said to be looking to add size and, yes, the Cavs are nearly certainly eyeing a bigger, bolder move than this one. He only has $24 million remaining on his deal over the next two years.