As the Washington Wizards continue the difficult task of finding potential takers for point guard John Wall, one big market team seems interested in adding the 28-year-old.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the New York Knicks appear to be "stocking up their young assets and will make a major play for Wall if he becomes available."
Berman mentioned that a deal for Wall would involve a third team, and the Knicks would offer up a big package consisting of Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, Frank Ntilikina plus first and second-round draft selections.
This is certainly an interesting development on the Wall trade front, as Bobby Marks of ESPN recently talked to league executives who said that the point guard's contract was virtually untradeble.
The Knicks are one of the few teams that can afford to take on Wall's four-year, $169.3 million contract that starts in 2019-20. And with rumors that they'll be pursuing top 2019 free agents such as Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler, the Knicks will want a star or two in order to help their recruiting process.
New York is stuck in a brutally tough Atlantic Division that consists of the NBA's best team in the Toronto Raptors, the much-improved Philadelphia 76ers and ultra-talented Boston Celtics. Thus, adding a player like Wall to complement franchise star Kristaps Porzingis would put the Knicks back in playoff contention.
The Wizards have played better as of late, and they're only 1.5 games back of the Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic for seventh and eighth in the Eastern Conference, respectively. If the Wizards remain in the playoff race, the front office might have second thoughts about trading Wall.
What This Means
The Knicks are a big market team that has been under pressure to turn it around for a while now. They haven't made the playoffs since 2013, but adding a player like Wall would put them right back in contention.
And it would certainly help their chances of recruiting a player like Durant or Butler to join wall and Porzingis. We'll see if the Knicks wind up making the move for one of basketball's top point guards.