NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers, Kings still working on deal for George Hill

George Hill isn’t thrilled with his situation in Sacramento and the Cavaliers are in the midst of a tense losing streak. Something needs to change for each party and it appears Cleveland is trying to address their problems with the addition of Hill.

According to multiple reports, the Cavaliers and Kings are in active discussions to send Hill to Cleveland. Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert appear to be the players being talked about as a return for the guard.

But trades don’t exist in an “NBA 2K18” format. There’s a cost beyond losing Walker’s 21.7 points and 5.8 assists per game. Taken at No. 9 in the 2011 NBA Draft, Walker saw only seven victories for the then-Bobcats as the team suffered through the worst season in NBA history in terms of winning percentage.

Since then, Walker has transformed himself into a complete offensive threat and an underrated, pesky defender. But what he means to the Hornets and the city of Charlotte stretches much farther than even the space created between him and a defender by one of his trademark stepback jumpers.

“He’s our best player, he’s the face of the franchise and I think it’d be very difficult to find a scenario where he’d get traded,” Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said.

When asked whether he could see Walker being dealt, Hornets forward Nic Batum offered an incredulous “Nooooo,” all but saying he should be viewed as untouchable.

He didn’t say which players would be benched, but the starters currently consist of LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jae Crowder, JR Smith and Isaiah Thomas.

Smith was 0-for-7 on the night with two turnovers, while Thomas was 3-for-9 from the field and 0-for-2 in 3-pointers. However, he did make 8 out of 9 of his free-throw attempts.

LeBron James was the only shining spot in the night, posting 28 points with nine rebounds and 11 assists. Those 28 points pushed him past the 30,000 career points mark, making James the youngest player to achieve that feat.

“Tonight Erik was outstanding and our goalie was outstanding,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. “That’s what you get when the two most important players on the team are at their best, that’s when we’re at our best.”
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