Kemba Walker has often been involved in trade rumors, and for good reason. He is one of the league's best and most consistent scorers, and posted his career high 25.9 points per game last year. He is a shining star on a team that has no change in competing with the upper third of the league. The Hornets are a small market team that have been stagnant for years, and a rebuild seems to be on the horizon. The only way that charlette can have a legit rebuild is if they trade Kemba for just the right pieces, and drafting well this summer. Considering this, let's take a look at three possible landing spots that Kemba Walker has been rumored to be linked with.
The Bucks are big time playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference, and will likely find themselves within the top 3 by seasons end. To be able to compete in the postseason against Boston, Philly, Toronto, and other big dogs in the East, the Bucks will need more point production behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, something that Kemba offers in bunches. If Walker was to join the Bucks, the move would surely make Milwaukee the best in the East, and a threat to any team in the league.
The Bucks also have some young talent that may interest Charlotte, such as Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker, and a draft pick. If Milwaukee was to offer all three of these assets, expect Charlotte to consider such a swap.
LeBron has made it clear that he doesn’t feel as if this Lakers team has enough to compete this year, but with a Kemba Walker addition, that opinion could change quickly. Kemba Walker would instantly improve the Lakers, who are in the market for star power. Walker would relieve LeBron of some offensive responsibility, as well as an improvement to the shooting department, a part of LA’s game that is lacking so far this season.
The Lakers have made it clear that they do not wish to trade their sole 2019 draft pick, but LA could propose an offer that involves moving Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Lonzo Ball for the All-Star Kemba. Those are the same young names that the Lakers have been willing to negotiate with, so why not cash them in for a proven scorer?
Well, if the Pelicans aren’t going to trade Anthony Davis, it would seem that they aren’t giving up on the postseason. To get there, they’ll need to improve vastly, and quickly. New Orleans needs scoring, and is currently relying on consistent production from Julius Randle and E'twaun Moore. These are not the types of scorers that will be efficient enough to win basketball games when a bucket is needed, but Kemba is.
If the Pelicans were seriously looking into obtaining Kemba’s scoring services, look for them to move Elfrid Payton, Jahlil Okafor, and E'Twaun Moore for Kemba. The young talent mixed with a veteran player like Moore may be enough to convince Charlotte.