The Charlotte Hornets kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, but if the Hornets end up missing the postseason, an offseason of uncertainty will begin, as Kemba Walker is entering free agency.
But is free agency on Walker's mind at all? The All-Star guard says no:
“There’s no way I could play basketball thinking about those kind of things,” Walker said, according to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports. “You know what I mean? Yeah, I just can’t. I just can’t go on the court thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got to get 30 because I need to.’ I just can’t think about those kind of things. I mean, I see it, hear about it. But it’s nothing that comes to my attention too much.”
Walker is surely to have a lot of suitors this summer, as he will be one of the top free agents on the market. However, Walker leaving Charlotte does not seem to be a done deal just yet:
“This is the team that believed in me from day one,” Walker said. “So, of course. They’re always going to be on top of the list.”
The 28-year-old has picked a good time to have the best year of his career, as he is averaging 25.5 points, 5.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals over 34.9 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the floor, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line en route to his third straight All-Star appearance.
The Hornets will battle the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night before concluding their regular season at home against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.