REPORT: Kemba Walker ‘unlikely’ to sign with New York in free agency
As the NBA world begins to prepare for a massive offseason, many teams are looking to free agency in an effort to get better. While players like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard will dominate the presses, Kemba Walker is also planning on exploring the free agent market, but may have already ruled one team off of his list.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, Walker and the New York Knicks coming together during the summer is not considered to be a likely outcome. As the Knicks prepare to try and find a second superstar player to pair along the likes of Durant or Kyrie Irving, it seems as if Walker isn’t on their radar. With Irving reportedly leaning more toward signing with the Brooklyn Nets, the Knicks are in a strange place, but seem to not view Walker as a reliable plan.
The 29-year-old point guard is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and reportedly plans to explore his market despite recently calling his incumbent team, the Charlotte Hornets, a priority. While the Hornets can offer him the five-year, $221 million super-max extension, it’s currently unclear how much that extra financial security will factor into his decision. Other teams will only be able to offer him a four-year, $141 million max deal, so Walker would be leaving a very sizable amount of money on the table to play for another team.
Still, if Walker values winning and competing for an NBA Championship over the money, he might end up taking his talents elsewhere, especially considering how the Hornets are viewed more as a rebuilding team at this point in time.