According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the door is closed on a potential Walker-to-Cleveland deal.
Walker had been rumored to be in the mix for the Cavs, according to a report from Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon back in June, but with the draft coming and going without any movement the deal seems dead.
If the Cavs were to try and pry Walker away from Charlotte, they could have used the 8th overall pick as a trade piece, but instead used that pick to select Alabama point guard Collin Sexton , filling the need that a trade for Walker would have and taking away their biggest trade asset.
Meanwhile, Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak has made it clear that Walker is a franchise cornerstone and a building block moving forward.
“I don’t think it is anybody’s goal to lose him in free agency,” Kupchak said, according to the Associated Press’ Steve Reed (h/t NBA.com). “But going forward, in the community, in the franchise, this is a player that we hope is with us—not only for the next couple of years, but ends his career here.”
For now, Walker is staying put, but expect his name to be heavily discussed this summer when free agency opens officially.
Grizzlies, Hornets Working Towards Marc Gasol Trade
According to the Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, there is growing skepticism that the two teams can work out a trade despite Gasol being held out of Tuesday’s game, leading many to believe that a trade was being finalized.
Per the report:
“But league sources told Sporting News that the Hornets and Grizzlies do not have an agreement in place, and that there is increasing skepticism on both sides that a trade can be brought to bear ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. The Hornets have had interest in Gasol for some time, but a deal has not progressed.”
Gasol and teammate Mike Conley will almost certainly be moved by the deadline, but Gasol to the Hornets doesn’t seem like such a sure thing.
Hornets’ Miles Bridges Believes He Is Making Big Strides
The Charlotte Hornets have seen some growth from rookie swingman Miles Bridges this season.
“In the beginning of the season, I was on fire,” Bridges said, according to The Athletic’s Roderick Boone.
“I feel like I was one of the best rookies, but then as the season went on, I started struggling. So it’s just a mental aspect where you need to be strong mentally to be able to play in the NBA, especially as a rookie. I feel I overcame the rookie wall and I feel like I am going to play great for the rest of the season.”
Bridges has been on a tear over the past 4 games, pouring in 10.3 points per game while providing a spark off the bench.
Mavericks, Hornets Interested in Cavs’ Kevin Love
Love signed a four-year, $120 million deal with Cleveland last season, adding some financial difficulties to trading him.
However, Love, 30, is drawing interest, as teams covet his scoring and rebounding abilities.
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