Kemba Walker says Hornets ‘know what they got to do’ to convince him to return in free agency
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will become an unrestricted free agent after this season ends, and the All-Star says the organization “know what they got to do” to convince him to re-sign with the only NBA team he has played for.
Appearing on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Tuesday, Kemba Walker said he has faith that general manager Mitch Kupchak will do what it takes to improve the roster and surround him with more talent.
“They know. They know what they got to do,” Walker said, via ESPN.com. “That’s not my job. I’ll leave it up to those guys. We have Mitch now, who’s a great guy who’s done a great job at building teams over his GM career. And I have a lot of trust in him. So, you know, we talk all the time. Who knows?
“I want to enjoy that process I guess, and just wait for it over the summer.”
Walker is entering free agency at the perfect time. He’s having a stellar season with the Hornets and if Charlotte isn’t willing to pay to keep him, the 28-year-old floor general will get tons of lucrative offers on the open market.
In 39 games this season, Walker is averaging 25.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The two-time All-Star is shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.7 percent from the foul line.
Despite Walker putting up superstar numbers, the Hornets are just 19-20 on the season, seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Walker has only been to the playoffs twice during his playing career.