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Kemba Walker trade rumours: Knicks looking to deal with guard, Rockets’ John Wall could be potential target, according to report

Kemba Walker’s time with New York Knicks did not go as well as both sides had hoped. Earlier this week, Walker was completely removed from the rotation of New York by coach Tom Thibodeau, and it looks like the team is ready to move on completely. The Knicks are expected to trade Walker before the February trading deadline, by A. Sherrod Blakely of The Bleacher Report. The Knicks signed Walker to a two-year, $18 million deal for the season, but the rotation of the crowded route and Walker’s lack of defense cost him his place fairly quickly. .

When it comes to Walker trading, Houston Rockets guard John Wall could be a potential target, according to Blakely. Wall has yet to play for the Rockets this season because the team wants to go in a younger direction. They were looking for a viable commercial partner for Wall, who told the group that he want to dress up. Under those circumstances, Wall would likely welcome trading with a competitive Knicks team.

From Blakely:

Multiple league sources believe the Knicks will be looking to trade Walker, whose commercial market value, like his production, is at an all-time low. However, league sources believe Walker’s value is likely to change as the Knicks get closer to the February 10 trade deadline and the more teams want to add a veteran, who, despite the lack of defensively, has shown he can still take shots, albeit in a more limited capacity.

A source close to the Knicks said New York may also have a potential commercial partner in the Houston Rockets who are looking to move John Wall. … A commercial market for Wall does not currently exist, but a return to competition could open the eyes of potential trading partners interested in acquiring the five-time All-Star, who has two years and $91.7 million left in four years, $171.1 million contract he signed (later with Washington Wizards) in 2017.

There’s a huge amount to unpack there. The fact that the Knicks sought to trade Walker wasn’t particularly surprising given the fact that he fell out of Thibodeau’s rotation. It will be interesting to see what kind of hobby he creates, if any. It wouldn’t be too shocking to see a candidate look to add him in an attempt to bolster the bench. Walker isn’t the player he used to be, but can still get the ball into the basket – he’s shot 41% away during the season. He can be effective as a backup in the right situation.

As for the Walker-for-Wall swap, that seems a bit more unlikely. Wall’s contract is substantially larger than Walker’s, so obviously things will have to be calculated financially as a straight deal won’t work. The Rockets will likely want some extra assets in any Wall deal, and they probably won’t be much interested in Walker, given their approach to Wall. Walker and Wall are the same age (31), and both are clearly on the decline in their careers.

Serving as an offensive lineman for a candidate makes more sense than a role on a rebuilding team for Walker at this point in his career. Even if he’s not the difference-maker he once was, Walker will still be a name to keep an eye on ahead of the deal deadline.

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