The New York Knicks will seemingly have a bevy of point guards to consider this off-season, whether it be through trade or a free agent signing. Options like Damian Lillard would require the Knicks to part ways with significant draft capital and resources, but signing a free agent would be a monetary fix, which might be the best option.
However, another star point guard has become available through means of trade, and his name is Kemba Walker. The Boston Celtics traded Walker on Friday morning, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 2nd-round draft pick to Oklahoma City for Al Horford, Moses Brown, and the 2023 2nd-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
This is a blockbuster trade, as the Celtics were looking to move Walker and his contract elsewhere to free up a bit of money this off-season. The likelihood is that Oklahoma deals Walker in a trade and flip scenario, similar to what they did with Chris Paul in the past.
This would enable them to add even more draft capital as they commence a rebuild with youth. Walker is still owed $36 million for the 2021-22 season and has a player option for $37.6 million a year after that.
The Knicks are desperately looking for a long-term solution at point guard, and the 6-foot, 184-pound PG could offer them just that. At 30 years old, Walker is coming off a down season, despite averaging 19.3 points, 4.9 assists, and shooting .420 from the field. Previous to his most recent campaign, Walker had earned four consecutive All-Star appearances and is more than capable of leading a team.
Kemba is also an adequate three-point shooter, hitting on .381% of his shots on 8.4 attempts during the 2019–20 season. The Knicks seem to be elevating players, and pairing him with Julius Randle could be a perfect fit, but there’s still the possibility they go in a different direction, as they desire to keep their draft selections.
However, it is never a bad thing to have options, and Walker, with his contract, represents an opportunity for Oklahoma City to benefit. The Knicks have the draft capital to construct a deal, and now it’s just a matter of the front office deciding on a path. Kemba does have a sketchy past with injures, having played only 43 games last year, so there’s reason to believe the front-office might want nothing to do with him and his price-tag.
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