Rumor: Kemba Walker wants all five seasons fully guaranteed in potential deal with Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are still in the best position to sign Kemba Walker in free agency, but it will all depend on the contract structure the franchise is willing to offer to the All-Star guard.
The Hornets are the only team who can offer a five-year deal worth $221 million to Walker. Other interested teams can only tender a four-year contract worth $140 million. However, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Walker wants a fully-guaranteed deal — including the fifth year of the contract.
It remains to be seen, though, if the 29-year-old superstar would remain firm on his previous stance of agreeing to a discounted five-year contract to give the Hornets a chance to build a strong team around him.
The former University of Connecticut standout is one of the notable free agents this summer. He is expected to draw a lot of attention in free agency, especially when the top-tier free agents like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard sign new deals next month.
The Boston Celtics are reportedly interested in Walker, especially if Irving decides to sign elsewhere. Walker, who has spent his entire eight-year career with the Hornets franchise, is expected to listen to all pitches in free agency.