Knicks Hesitant to Go After Kemba Walker

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With the February 8 trade deadline approaching, Kemba Walker has quickly emerged as the biggest name on the market. One prominent player is being shopped, while an All-Star that was previously thought to be available probably isn't going anywhere.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Hornets are looking to trade star PG Kemba Walker.

The news regarding Walker is surprising, considering his production and contract. He is also signed through 2019 at that bargain price of $12 million a season - again, we're talking make-believe National Basketball Association money here.

Walker was asked today if he would be devastated by a trade from the Hornets. While the major addition of the off-season - trading for future Hall of Fame center Dwight Howard - has been positive, the Hornets have yet to establish consistency in their play.

Charlotte is quickly falling out of the playoff race, and they could be ready to start rebuilding.

The Hornets are now 11th in the Eastern Conference with a terrible record of 18-25, which is enough to put them 4 games behind 8th place. Since the Hornets are well over the salary cap and close to the luxury-tax threshold, anything major the Hornets did by the trade deadline would be complicated to pull off.

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This season has not gone the way everyone was expecting it to go for the Charlotte Hornets. They are just 2.5 games out of the eighth playoff spot out east, and, are only 3-7 over their last 10.

Wojnarowski recently reported on ESPN Radio that there is no truth to rumors that Davis could be dealt to Boston. The 23-year-old former sixth-overall pick has nearly completely fallen out of Rick Carlisle's rotation in Dallas - a healthy scratch often this season, playing 12 minutes per game when he does suit up - and the Mavs would be wise to get something for him before he hits the free-agent market this summer.

Things might be different if the Pelicans had a losing record.

In other words: Hitting the "Reset" button makes sense, and Walker is just about their only hope of flipping a current player for a collection of assets that will help any potential rebuilding effort.

This, obviously, would be a franchise-altering move for the Hornets which would send them into a full rebuild.

Davis and Cousins both rank in the top six in scoring and the top eight in rebounding.

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