Nets Front office could explore Kemba Walker trade for D’Angelo Russell
Having traded away point guard Jeremy Lin, the Brooklyn Nets have now put themselves in position to bring an All-Star home. According to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer, the Nets could now use a first-round pick obtained in the trade with the Denver Nuggets to lure Bronx native Kemba Walker away from the Charlotte Hornets.
The most viable trade route would be to trade their own potential starter in D’Angelo Russell, as Walker’s friendly $12 million contract won’t be hard to plug up with Russell’s $7 million salary ($16 million if option is picked up).
Russell had a somewhat underwhelming season in 2017-18 after being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers, posting 15.5 points, 5.2 assists, and 3.9 rebounds through 48 games after suffering a left knee injury early in the season.
Walker has flourished over the past couple of seasons, evolving into a sharp-shooting leading scorer for the Hornets, and one that could take center stage in Brooklyn’s rebuild, accelerating the process massively as a proven, yet young guard who is yet to reach his full ceiling.
The Hornets could start their own rebuild with an even younger asset and start to piece out their starting lineup, which is bloated with awful contracts due to the splurging summer of 2016, in which teams overspent in mediocre talent.