One of the hottest players in the upcoming NBA Free Agency is Kemba Walker, a point guard who will be in high demand when the time comes. After spending his entire 8-year NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets, many people wonder what would be next for Walker and where he will be playing next season.
With all kind of rumors surrounding the former UConn player and his future, he has taken the time to discuss it and the next step of his career, leaving good sensations for the Hornets’ fans.
"Charlotte's definitely my first priority," he said, per Jared Weiss of The Athletic. "That’s where I’ve been for eight years and that’s all I know. Not many people get a chance to play for one NBA team throughout their career."
As a designated veteran, Walker can earn a supermax contract extension from the Hornets that can pay him $221.3 million over five years compared to the four-year, $140.6 million deal any other team can offer him. Kemba earned this distinction when he was named third-team All-NBA this season, increasing his max value by $31.6 million.
"Charlotte is my home, man," Walker said. "I’ve been there for eight years and it’s been the most amazing eight years of my life. My family, they love it. The fans love me. The organization has been great and gave me my opportunity."
This season he set a career high with averaging 25.6 points per game this season, 10th in the NBA. He also posted 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game while getting the call for his third straight All-Star game. Sadly, no matter how good Walker has played in the last three seasons, his team has failed to qualify to the playoffs, something that raises the rumors and speculation over if he has to leave Charlotte in order to play for a more successful team.
Last year Kemba ‘only’ made $12 million; now seeing that he can make up to $44.3 million per year with his hypothetical new deal, maybe the decision is already made by the point-guard. We still have to wait until he makes his final decision, but his latest statements hint that Walker is coming back next season to Spectrum Center.