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What A Cavs-Hornets Kemba Walker Trade Would Look Like

Kemba Walker dribbling at the Charlotte Hornets center court

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 20: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets brings the ball up against the Atlanta Hawks during their game at Spectrum Center on October 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If LeBron James ends up deciding to stay put in Cleveland, there are several moves the Cavs could potentially make to upgrade the roster, but none appear to be better (or more likely) than a move for All-Star point guard Kemba Walker. The trade for Walker has been floated for a while and it appears to be picking up steam.

Cleveland and Charlotte have reportedly had continuous discussions about a trade for Walker, who's set to be a free agent in a year. There were reportedly discussions on draft night, too, but nothing got made.

A move could be coming soon, though. And it's not too difficult to imagine what it would look like.

The Ringer's Bill Simmons outlined the move on his recent podcast:

"One of the reasons Cleveland took (Collin) . Sexton is because they knew Charlotte liked him and if LeBron does decide to stay, they know they have the Sexton and (Jordan) Clarkson for Kemba trade sitting there," Simmons said on his podcast.

The trade:

  • Cavs get: Kemba Walker
  • Hornets get: Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson

It works on ESPN's NBA Trade Machine

what a cavs-hornets kemba walker trade would look like

If James does end up staying in Cleveland, this is almost surely a trade the Cavs are willing to make. Would it be one the Hornets are willing to make? Maybe.

Michael Jordan has previously said that he expects an All-Star in return for Walker, but no one is going to make that move. If the Hornets don't want to give Walker a big contract, trading him now makes sense. And it's tough to imagine Charlotte getting a return that's much better than the No. 8 overall pick and an reasonable contract in Clarkson.

This is a move that could be coming soon, too. LeBron has until Friday at midnight to opt into the final year of his contract. Most expect a 2018-19 decision from him to come by July 4 if he does hit free agency. A Kemba Walker trade to Cleveland could come shortly after that.