Three teams are attempting to acquire 19-year-old Lonnie Walker in the early half of the first round in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs have all reportedly expressed interest in Walker.
The Los Angeles Clippers were recently linked in trade rumors with the Atlanta Hawks. Both teams have multiple picks in the first round and Jeremy Woo from Sports Illustrated wrote that the Hawks “have explored packaging draft picks” to land Walker. His colleague Jake Fischer added that Walker is a “heavily rumored target” for Atlanta.
If the Hawks offered the No. 19 overall pick and the No. 30 overall pick, they could potentially grab the No. 12 or No. 13 pick from the Clippers in order to select Walker. Kevin O’Connor wrote that the Hawks have “deeper interest” in him than the Clippers do.
Meanwhile, Adam Zagoria adds that the Knicks are “intrigued with his two-way abilities” and could be interested in trading down to land Walker. We have previously written about the Knicks’ interest in Walker at No. 9 overall. The Knicks worked out Walker individually earlier this month.
Walker is considered “unlikely to get past San Antonio” if he is still available when they are on the clock at No. 18 overall. HoopsHype has learned that the Spurs have at least explored a possible trade with the Charlotte Hornets to select him at No. 11 overall, potentially moving them ahead in the draft of the aforementioned teams that spoke with the Clippers.
The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie says “there are a few teams that want to jump San Antonio” to land Walker so it would make sense for the Spurs to leap in front of them. Their shooting coach Chip Engelland could potentially do wonders to help the young talent develop.