Ok…I wrote a piece about how the Knicks trading for John Wall would be a cute little idea a while back, but this is just getting out of hand.
The Kentucky connection is undeniable and Wall surely provides much more upside than any of the point guards on today’s roster.
But absorbing that albatross of a contract would be a no-no for me.
Evan Massey of NBA Analysis Network reported that a former NBA executive mentioned that he heard the Knicks could have interest in potentially trading for Wall.
“The Knicks have some level of interest in John Wall. Houston would love to move him and get something of value for him. He isn’t a long-term fit for the Rockets, and if New York really wants him, they have the pieces to get a deal done. Wall isn’t their top priority this offseason, but he could be an excellent fallback option and the interest is there.”
Massey went on to say:
At 30 years of age, there is no question that Wall would like the opportunity to play with a contender. The Knicks surprisingly became a contender in the Eastern Conference this year. Acquiring a talent like Wall could take them further in the playoffs than the first round, which is where they ended this season at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks.
Granted, the Knicks are not going to give up major value to get a deal done. However, they could offer a package built around Kevin Knox and a draft pick. They have the money to bring Wall onboard too should they choose to do so.
Everything will depend on how confident the Knicks are that John Wall can stay healthy and be a star point guard. They need a franchise point guard and a healthy Wall could be just that. This is something to keep a close eye on during the offseason.
I get it, the Knicks have a ton of cap space.
Should the Knicks take a look at what John Wall would cost to bring to NY?
They’re bound to be rumored to be targeting nearly every ‘bad’ contract there could be but this ain’t the one.
John Wall should be viewed as a negative asset and needs to be paired with a draft pick for the Knicks to grab him.
I actually wrote an article detailing a potential trade for Wall a bit ago, and even though I still wouldn’t want to do it, if he came with draft compensation it would make his contract and injury history easier to stomach.
I just feel that New York can get 20 points and 5-6 assists from someone else who’s not on a $40+ million multi-year deal.
I also believe that they could find a far better 3-point shooter which is a necessity for the position as Wall shot under 32% on the season last year and is just above 32% for his career.
I say hard pass whether he comes with a pick or not. This would be the most Knicks-esque move as ever.