Scottie Pippen wants theoretical Hornets-Nuggets trade centered around Kemba Walker
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker is still a constant subject of numerous trade rumors. Talks about a possible trade involving the All-Star are expected to heat up less than two months before the deadline.
In the said trade, the Nuggets would acquire Walker and Willy Hernangomez. On the other hand, the Hornets would get Jamal Murray and Mason Plumlee.
According to Pippen, the deal makes sense for both teams. He pointed out that the Nuggets are one of the most difficult teams to defend night in and night out this season. He strongly believes that adding a player of Walker’s caliber would just make it more difficult for opposing teams to stop Denver.
Pippen said that Walker is one of the toughest players to guard in the league today. The six-time NBA champion compared him to Houston Rockets guard James Harden, saying that opposing players cannot stay in front of them. As a proof, the 28-year-old is averaging 26.0 points per game this season.
Michael Jordan’s former sidekick added that moving to the West Coast could unleash another dimension of Walker’s game. He thinks that the wide open game in the west is a better fit for Walker’s style of play.
On the other hand, the deal could also do more good than harm for the Hornets. The Bronx native will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 NBA season. Trading him before the deadline would give the Hornets several assets in return instead of losing him for nothing in free agency in the offseason.
According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, Walker will likely be among the top priorities of teams in free agency. This means that the Hornets would face stiff competition in their bid to keep him for several more seasons.