Kemba Walker Willing To Take Less Than Supermax With Hornets

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2019

Walker played in all 82 regular season games for the Hornets this season, racking up averages of 25.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting from the field (35.6 percent from beyond the arc), 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 34.9 minutes per outing. Due to CBA rules, the Hornets could gild the 29-year-old with as much as $221.3 million over a five-year deal - significantly more than the four-year, $140.6-million contract another team could offer him, according to salary projections by Sports Illustrated's Michael Shapiro.

A designated veteran deal means a player can earn up to 35 per cent of a club's full team salary, but doing so with the Hornets would nearly assuredly guarantee that the team couldn't afford to build a supporting cast around Walker to compete. Walker, who has continually expressed his interest in remaining a Hornet, said Thursday he'd be will to take less than the super max to help the Hornets build a better team around him.

Kemba Walker says he would like to return to the Charlotte Hornets.

The eight-year National Basketball Association veteran said the Hornets remain his first priority, but he said he is "pretty sure" he will meet with other interested teams before making a decision about his future. "I don't understand how they cannot be my first priority". I've been here eight years. "So yeah it is my first priority. I'm not sure. But they are my first priority".

"I don't know if I'll sign back with them".

The Hornets have made the playoffs only twice during Walker's career and have never made it out of the first round - a major disappointment for the highly competitive Walker.

Walker said right now he is just trying to enjoy the experience, regardless of how stressful it might be. They were the team that drafted me. The Hornets are also already on the books for Nicolas Batum ($25.56 million), Bismack Biyombo ($17 million) and Cody Zeller ($14.47 million) next season - although Biyombo and Williams are both in the final years of their respective deals.

With a free agency decision looming, Walker is stressing a couple things: He would consider taking less than the supermax to re-sign with the Hornets and the Hornets are his first priority.

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