In an effort to retain the services of LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers have looked at ways to add All Star level talent. While the team has few assets to use, they have been hopeful that they can add someone without giving up Collin Sexton.
One of the few names that has been linked to the Cavs in these talks has been Kemba Walker. The Charlotte Hornets point guard is entering the final year of his contract and appears unlikely to return to the team. There was hope that the Cavs could acquire him by taking on some bad salary, however those hopes appear to be extinguished.
In an interview with ESPN Cleveland, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst expressed a sense that the window for a potential trade has closed:
@WindhorstESPN on Cavs acquiring Kemba Walker: "I think that door has closed"— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) June 28, 2018
This shouldn’t be the most surprising news, as the Hornets have reportedly wanted a significant return in exchange for Walker. Whether they get one remains to be seen, but there just isn’t a good offer the Cavs can make if Sexton is off the table.
While not surprising, this news still is disappointing. As previously alluded to, there just hasn’t been a lot of names linked to the Cavs recently. If Walker is off the table, there just doesn’t seem to be many possible moves to improve the team. Should a deal materialize, it’ll be something completely out of left field.