RUMOR: Magic, Pacers, Knicks, Lakers have interest in Kemba Walker
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will reportedly receive interest from the Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers this summer, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
Walker becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The All-Star guard is eligible to sign a supermax extension with the Hornets after making an All-NBA team this season.
All things being equal — Not sure there will be much of a market for DeMarcus… as for Kemba. I know the Magic, Pacers, Knicks, and Lakers have an interest… Charlotte still wants him and can now Supermax him. https://t.co/gi2sf4L3cw
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 25, 2019
Walker averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this season while shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line. The Hornets missed the postseason. Walker has only made the playoffs twice with the Hornets since getting drafted by Charlotte back in 2011.
Walker was born and raised in the Bronx. If the Knicks don’t sign Kyrie Irving, they could go all-in on Walker.
The Lakers have cap space this summer to sign a max contract player and are in desperate need to sign another All-Star to pair next to superstar small forward LeBron James. Many believe Walker could join the Lakers since Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Irving haven’t been heavily linked to joining LA. KD, Kawhi and Kyrie are the three main free agents this summer.
If Kemba re-signs with the Hornets, it will be because of the money they can offer him.