NBA rumors: Knicks could make “major play” for John Wall trade


The New York Knicks have been in search of a franchise point guard for a while, and with recent draft picks not yet producing that kind of player, the team might try to find it in the trade market.

One target could be Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, as Marc Berman of the New York Post laid out in a story published Tuesday.

"Some in the league believe the Knicks are stocking up their young assets and will make a major play for Wall if he becomes available," Berman wrote. "The Wizards (9-14) were said to be ready to break it up after their disastrous start. It would have to be a three-team deal with the Knicks throwing in Ntilikina, Dotson, Courtney Lee (for cap purposes), a 2020 first-round and second-round pick."

That package isn't a ton for the Knicks to give up. Frank Ntilikina was the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, but he has yet to realize his potential, particularly on offense. Damyean Dotson is a nice role player but lacks star talent. Lee likely isn't part of the long-term plans in New York, and giving up a 2020 first rounder shouldn't be too risky as long as the Knicks keep their 2019 first-round pick.

The Knicks currently are focused on Boston, where they have a Thursday night matchup against the Celtics at TD Garden. These teams have split their season series with a road win apiece.

New York's reported interest in Wall comes after Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving said before the season he plans on re-signing in Boston next summer. Irving had been linked to the Knicks in rumors for years given the fact he grew up in nearby New Jersey, plus the Knicks' need for a point guard.

With Irving expected to be off the board in free agency, the only other franchise point guard who could be on the market is Kemba Walker, but he reportedly wants to remain with the Charlotte Hornets. So, the trade market seems like the best place for the Knicks to find an upgrade at point guard, and with the situation in Washington deteriorating, Wall is one option to consider.

Wall's next contract, though, is quite burdensome. His super-max extension begins next season and will pay him an average of $42,336,000 per year. Although, it would be very on brand for the Knicks to acquire a player with a bad contract.

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