Hornets’ Kemba Walker commits to Team USA for FIBA World Cup, Pelicans’ Anthony Davis interested
Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that Charlotte Hornets All-Star guard Kemba Walker has committed to play for Team USA in this year’s FIBA World Cup tournament. Likewise, rumors are circulating that New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis is also interested in participating in the global tournament.
USA Basketball has begun assembling its roster for this summer's @FIBAWC in China and has a commitment from Charlotte's Kemba Walker as well as strong indications from New Orleans' Anthony Davis that he would like to play, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 2, 2019
Kemba Walker had a career season with Charlotte. Unfortunately, his club had another disappointing campaign, missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The All-NBA guard averaged a career-high 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists, and shot 43.4 percent from the field.
Davis, on the other hand, had a roller-coaster campaign this year with New Orleans after a Cinderalla playoff run last season.
With the Pelicans having a disappointing season through the midway point of the year, Davis publicly requested a trade demand from the team, which subsequently set the entire league ablaze with trade rumors, especially to the Los Angeles Lakers. The All-NBA big man was then shut down near the end of the season following his trade demand.
Both Kemba’s and AD’s futures with the franchises that drafted them are in major jeopardy, with the teams failing to build a winning roster around their their respective stars.
Walker will be a free agent this summer and will surely have plenty of suitors. Nonetheless, he insists Charlotte is still his top priority.
Davis, on the other hand, is still under contract with New Orleans through next season. With Davis threatening to leave the Pelicans without anything in return, many analysts think they have no choice but to part with their superstar forward. Still, the Pelicans are still in the process of trying to convince Davis to stay.
Nonetheless, both stars will have time to think about their futures with their respective teams. The FIBA tournament preparations should keep them busy through the summer before they finally make their decisions.