I’ve by no means been an enormous advocate of Boston Celtics fan-proposed trades, simply because It’s very uncommon that these trades really occur. I additionally assume there might be giant gaps between how followers worth a participant versus how NBA entrance workplaces worth a participant.
I additionally by no means know what to do with picks. Some individuals inherently assume picks = computerized future expertise, however organizations need to be sensible sufficient to not miss, which is tough.
What’s additionally necessary to recollect is that each one sides in a commerce need to agree for it to get pushed by and accomplished.
With that being stated, in mild of the current information about Boston Celtics place to begin guard Kemba Walker being put in the marketplace this offseason, I feel one potential vacation spot that isn’t being introduced up sufficient is division rival, the New York Knicks.
The Knicks are in an attention-grabbing spot for as soon as after having a wildly above expectations season through which they misplaced within the first spherical of the playoffs because the 4 seed.
They will even have an attention-grabbing offseason for as soon as as nicely because of New York at present having solely $55 million assured on the workforce payroll for subsequent season.
Their solely rotational gamers already underneath contract embrace Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, and Kevin Knox, with rookies Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin as nicely.
The clear takeaway from the Knicks’ postseason battle with the Atlanta Hawks was that New York wants extra scorers.
Derrick Rose is a superb participant and his turnaround from a number of knee surgical procedures to nonetheless being a high quality playoff performer is inspiring. However your favourite workforce isn’t making it far within the postseason with him averaging probably the most factors within the lineup at 19.4 a sport.
Randle’s capturing struggles had been predictable. He’s an excellent scorer however not a terrific one, particularly when you have got elite rim safety by way of Clint Capela on the opposing aspect.
Barrett was a 20-year-old in his first playoff collection so expectations weren’t sky excessive there.
New York’s solely different participant to common greater than 10 factors per sport within the collection was Alec Burks, one other good scorer however not somebody that may be relied upon sport to sport.
And that is precisely the place Kemba Walker would slot in.
Not solely would he instantly fill their gap at the start line guard place, however Walker is a confirmed scorer.
He had been a 20 point-per-game scorer for the earlier 5 seasons previous to averaging 19.3 factors per sport for the Boston Celtics in 2020-21.
Walker has additionally confirmed to have the ability to rating the ball when not a primary or two choice, that means New York can proceed to progress their younger abilities like Randle and Barrett to be lead guys, much like how the Cs operated with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown this previous season.
The downsides of Walker would carry over although from Boston to New York.
He turned 31 in Might and has been coping with recurring knee accidents for the previous couple of seasons.
Throughout his two seasons in Beantown, Walker has logged his worst and second-worst seasons by way of video games performed with 56 and 43, respectively.
Total, it was disappointing to look at the Celtics relaxation him on back-to-backs simply to see the harm resurface within the playoffs, and this positively didn’t do something to enhance Walker’s outlook to the remainder of the league.
However, in the event you’re the Knicks and also you don’t achieve this nicely in free company this offseason, Walker could be attention-grabbing sufficient to take the cap hit for the following two years and see what he can do to additional make their workforce higher, particularly if the Celtics are extra determined to half with Walker than they’re at present letting on as a result of that would imply the Knicks get him at extra of a reduction.
For Boston, to me, each Tatum and Brown are untouchable (and Marcus Sensible is as shut as you may get).
Walker is the odd man out.
With the groundbreaking information of Danny Ainge resigning and Brad Stevens transferring to the entrance workplace, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Boston Celtics make one other sizeable transfer or two.
With each Kemba Walker’s match on the workforce and contract not fairly gelling with the present lineup, it’d be within the C’s finest curiosity to try to get one thing in return for Walker whereas additionally being able to create cap area free of charge company.
New York could be the suitable spot.
Even when they don’t have probably the most invaluable belongings to surrender for Walker, each the Knicks and Celtics might discover themselves in a tricky place this offseason that would result in a commerce between the 2.