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Rival front office exec says Hornets should have traded Kemba Walker last season

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A rival front office executive says the Charlotte Hornets should have traded All-Star point guard Kemba Walker last season when his value was at its highest, according to Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report.

Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were trying to acquire Walker to appease superstar small forward LeBron James. A deal, though, never got done.

Walker becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer for the first time in his career. Execs and scouts around the league believe the Hornets are screwed whether they re-sign Walker or let him walk.

“It’d be like the John Wall deal,” one front-office person said. “They should have traded him last year, when his value was high. They could have just reset.”

“They’re fu**ed either way,” is how three (!) different NBA front-office people described the situation. Let Walker go, and, as one scout said, “They’d be like an expansion team.” Ink him to the supermax and Charlotte would be diving into dangerous waters. As great as Walker is, he’s proved that he’s not capable of carrying a team deep into the playoffs on his own. He’ll also turn 29 in May, bringing him right up to the age where players often begin declining.

Walker played in 82 games this season for the Hornets. He averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Walker has only made the playoffs twice with the Hornets. He’s expected to be pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks this summer.