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

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

The NBA world was shaken on Friday when ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Charlotte Hornets are looking to trade franchise point guard Kemba Walker.

The team has made Dwight Howard, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist available ahead of the league's February 8 trade deadline, but their contracts have dampened their trade value significantly.

Greensboro has now lost seven of their last eight games and sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The All-Star point guard has one more season remaining on his current contract with the Hornets before he becomes a free-agent in 2019. He is the rare Hornet who is actually outperforming his contract. The other game is on the road against Denver who has a winning record and is a half game out the final spot in the West. What are they going to do, supply a first-round pick and take on the contracts of Batum and Howard? That's fine. And apparently, the Hornets are open to offers for everyone else, too, as they should be. As for Malik Monk not receiving regular rotation minutes, that is a trend that will likely continue until the end of the season unless someone is traded or injured. With the recent news of Charlotte considering attaching Kemba Walker onto a trade to unload some of their bad contracts, could this be an opportunity for the Heat to step in and add an All-Star-caliber asset? The former University of CT standout is the only player Charlotte has drafted to make an All-Star team since Baron Davis (2002) despite the franchise having 12 top-14 picks since 2004. I recently covered Kemba Walker as a potential trade target for the Utah Jazz following a piece from The Washington Posts' Tim Bontemps in which he described how the soon-to-be financially struggling and under-achieving Hornets may have little chance for truly hitting the reset button without moving Kemba.

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Yes, you could get another No. 1 draft pick out of a Walker trade, but so what?

Team owner Michael Jordan ought to shut this idea down himself, for surely he understands both the symbolic and on-court value of Walker.

What's the difference between ignorance and apathy? In that regard, it made a lot of sense for the Hornets to see what they could get in return for their All-Star point guard. Nicolas Batum said he couldn't imagine the Hornets trading him.

Trade him away, and that's gone.


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