When it comes to the Charlotte Hornets, every bit of their power begins and ends with All-Star point guard Kemba Walker.
The 28-year-old star averaged 25.6 points per game with 5.9 assists on 43% shooting, getting voted in as a starter in the annual All-Star game for the first time in 3 total appearances. While he is no A-tier player, his performance alone nearly earned them a post in the postseason.
This summer, they will be looking to build upon their current roster, in hopes of providing Walker with additional help. But, unfortunately for the Hornets, there is no guarantee Walker will be back next season, as he hinted at to ESPN.
“I have no feeling right now, I don’t know,” Walker said about his impending free agency. “Honestly, I don’t know what to expect. I guess it’s a lot of different emotions bottled up into one. I’m not sure. I don’t know.”
One big influencer in his upcoming decision? Winning. He has only been to the playoffs twice in his career with the Hornets.
“I mean, obviously I do want to be competitive because I want to be able to play in the playoffs,” Walker said. “So I want to think that would have some influence on my decision.”
No matter what is on his mind this summer, the field will be open for Kemba. As the prime free agent targets get swallowed up, demand for his services will dramatically increase, especially from teams looking for a guy to help get them over the edge.
The Lakers are likely first in line, as their need for a sidekick will only increase as they strike out on other free agents.