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Zach Lowe: “I think both LA teams are going to be sniffing around Kemba Walker.”

SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 03: Kemba Walker of USA reacts during the 1st round Group E match between USA and Turkey of 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Oriental Sports Center on September 3, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

NBA insider Zach Lowe believes that Kemba Walker may be on the move to LA soon. On a July 1st edition of the Zach Lowe Podcast, he said that both the Lakers and Clippers, he thinks, might look into trading for him.

The Boston Celtics traded Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder in mid-June. As Brad Stevens transitioned from head coach to team president, he hastily sought a deal for the former all-star. Reports came out that both sides wished to part ways.

The Thunder received Walker, the 16th overall pick in the 2021 draft, and a second-rounder in 2023. Meanwhile, in return, Boston landed Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a second-round draft pick in 2025. Horford previously played for the Celtics from 2016-2019. He left as a free agent to sign with the Celtics’ division rival 76ers.

Oklahoma City, upon trading for Walker, immediately expressed their intent to move him elsewhere. League sources say that a second trade for the veteran guard is “imminent.” Where he’ll go, we don’t know as of yet. However, multiple people now have suggested that the Lakers make a deal for Walker.

Should either LA team want Kemba Walker?

Both LA teams fell short of their preseason expectations. Because of this, expect them to seek out opportunities to bolster their rosters this offseason. The Clippers will have minimal cap room in the offseason and have few draft picks at their disposal. However, they do have a couple of loaded contracts to make a potential deal work. It depends on whether they willingly part ways with Luke Kennard, Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo, and/or Ivica Zubac. Additionally, they would have to consider if Walker would make them any better.

The same largely goes for the Lakers as well. Considering the likelihood of Dennis Schroder leaving in free agency, the Lakers will need a new starting point guard. That said, Kemba’s recent injury struggles ought to give the Lakers especially cause for concern. Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis spent time out with injuries this past season. Adding another injury-prone, though talented star such as Kemba Walker could prove problematic. We will see what becomes of the situation in the coming days.

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