Hours after John Wall nailed a three-pointer to kill the Knicks’ comeback hopes at the Garden, a report came out that suggests the Knicks have interest in the 28-year-old guard.
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. 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.
What this means: Not a whole lot. The way the report is phrased as “some in the league believe” tells you that it is not a source with inside knowledge who is telling the reporter this information. It’s essentially speculation by people “in the league” which could range from low-end scouts, assistant coaches, anyone who might have an opinion and be in the league. We really don’t know.
Does this even make sense?
Story on ESPN: Wizards signaling a willingness to consider trade overtures on entire roster, including All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. https://t.co/LM7PiQvweB
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2018
John Wall appears to be available. But that doesn’t mean he makes sense for the Knicks.
The former number one overall pick is due to make $169 million over the next four years from a contract extension that kicks in next season. It’s hard to believe the Knicks, who want to be active pursuers in the free agency market, would be looking to lock up as much as $37.8 million on one player next season, alone.
Forget whether you think John Wall is the type of player you want to build around, he would come on a double cost: the cost of the assets to acquire him and the cost of future cap space from his massive extension. It doesn’t make much sense for the Knicks to pay this double price for someone not named Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis.