This Clippers-Knicks Trade Is Focused On Kemba Walker

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New York Knicks Receive: $9.2 million of cap space
LA Clippers Receive: G Kemba Walker, 2023 second-round pick (via Utah Jazz)

Kemba Walker signed late in the offseason last year after agreeing to a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was sent there from the Boston Celtics. 

The Knicks signed Walker to a two-year deal worth $17.8 million. After year one, it seems as though he will not be a big part of the 2022-23 season.

If this is the case, New York should be looking for some teams that could use the point guard depth. The LA Clippers fit that bill, and they would be able to get Walker for nothing.

New York would avoid a $9.2 million cap hit that Walker carries next season. This is good enough to clear more space to eventually sign some younger talent to extensions or find more rotation players.

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For the Clippers, they would lengthen the bench and grab a second-round pick in the process. To facilitate this deal, they would be using the $9.7M trade exception created by the Serge Ibaka trade with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Let’s take a closer look and see how this NBA trade scenario centered around Kemba Walker would benefit both sides right away.