The Charlotte Hornets really want to have a clear out and get rid of all their bad contracts and untradable assets, so they're doing their best to make themselves as appealing as possible to every team in the NBA.
According to reports by ESPN, the Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, which is sure to grab the attention of many teams in the league despite the fact any deal will likely mean taking on one of the team's far-less-desirable contracts as well.
The Hornets had made available their entire starting lineup, including forward Nicolas Batum (four years, $100 million), center Dwight Howard (two years, $47 million), forward Marvin Williams (three years, $42 million) and wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (three years, $39 million).
Walker is only going to be paid $12 million per season through 2018-19, but he has developed into a talent whose production outperforms his pay. Walker is the Hornets' best and most popular player on the court today.
Charlotte will be hoping that trading away the point guard would see a good, young player or a first-round draft pick come back their way, but at the same time, it would mean the franchise is officially entering a rebuild. They'll be letting go of their number two player of all time in terms of career points and assists.
There hope though is that making Walker available will make more teams interested in acquiring their bad contracts and untradable assets, and there is now a strong chance of this happening. However, the man himself is unhappy about the recent reports.
Speaking to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, Walker said on the reports that the Hornets are looking to trade him away: "I would definitely be devastated if I was to get traded," signifying that he wants to stay in Charlotte.
Walker earned his first All-Star selection in 2017, and is now averaging 21.7 points on 42 percent shooting, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. However, his shooting percentages have dropped down to a level he was at during his non-All-Star days.
The Hornets are 18-25 in the season and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference race, three spots out of playoff contention, four games behind the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers, who are currently tied for the eighth playoff spot in the conference.News Now - Sport News