Why trading for Kemba Walker would be a disaster for the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Kemba Walker
Dallas Mavericks, Kemba Walker / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
2 of 4

Why trading for Kemba Walker would be a disaster for Dallas Mavericks: 3. Buyout ahead?

Walker has been traded twice in the last 14 months, including on draft night in a salary dump to the Detroit Pistons. He has a $9.1 million expiring contract, and Adrian Wojnarowski reported back in June that the two sides were working on a buyout. That move still hasn’t happened.

Walker's situation is likely a similar one to Goran Dragic last season. The rebuilding Pistons do not want Kemba taking minutes from their young players, and the veteran point guard would prefer to play for a contender, but Detroit is holding out hope that they can turn his contract into something valuable via trade. The Raptors eventually traded Dragic to San Antonio for Thaddeus Young at the deadline where he was bought out.

There are zero reasons to believe that Kemba Walker will not be bought out at some point this season. He is a veteran on an expiring contract for a rebuilding team. The four-time All-Star will eventually be free to sign with the Mavericks if they want him, so why should they give up a second-round pick to land him?

Buyout aside, trading anything for Kemba Walker could be problematic for the Dallas Mavericks.