The Charlotte Hornets first priority of the upcoming off-season is to keep their All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker, but it’s been reported that the franchise are unlikely to pay him out a supermax deal.
According to Shams Charania, the Hornets are unlikely to give Walker the full five-year, $221 million supermax deal that he earned last month after being selected as part as the All-NBA third team.
“There is doubt around the NBA that the Hornets will reach that high amount, but owner Michael Jordan’s loyalty has always been with Walker.”
There certainly still is a big chance that Kemba will re-sign with the Hornets as there are plenty of mutual interest between the two parties. The star point guard is considering the fifth year of his deal very important, it’s a deal that only Charlotte could offer. If he was leaving the franchise, Walker would limit the other 29 teams to a four-year deal for the max.
The main concern for Walker not wanting to stay in Charlotte is the on-court talent of the team’s starting line-up, it’s clear that the team needs to improve if he is to hang around for the long-term. The front office will need to surround the star with much better talent and a vision to lead the Hornets into the playoffs.
The Dallas Mavericks are right now the biggest threat towards the Hornets’ stealing away but if the team can figure out a good plan that will appeal to the interests of Walker along with increasing his paycheck, they should be able to retain the star guard.
All the off-season drama will begin this summer after the conclusion of the NBA Finals and the NBA Draft.