Hornets’ Walker says he’d take less than supermax to re-sign

Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker reacts after a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte N.C. Tuesday

Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker reacts after a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte N.C. Tuesday

The three-time All-Star is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 25.6 points as he played in all 82 games for just the second time in his career. Due to CBA rules, the Hornets could gild the 29-year-old with as much as $221.3 million over a five-year deal - significantly more than the four-year, $140.6-million contract another team could offer him, according to salary projections by Sports Illustrated's Michael Shapiro.

Despite Walker's individual success in Charlotte, though, he hasn't had any team success with the Hornets.

Kemba has been with the Hornets his entire career, which could be why he might consider taking less money to stay onboard. Other teams are said to have interest in his services, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.

Walker could sign a five-year deal worth up to $221 million after making an All-NBA team. "I don't understand how they cannot be my first priority". "So yeah it is my first priority". "Sure why not? I would take less".

"I don't know if I'll sign back with them". For the record: his 25.6 points per game were a career-high.

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In the wake of his finest professional season to date, Walker became eligible for the massive extension by virtue of being selected to the All-NBA third team. Walker has made it to the playoffs just two times in his career, with both of those postseason appearances resulting in first-round exits. So the prospect of playing for a team that is close to competing for a National Basketball Association championship could lure Walker away from Charlotte.

"It's my first time being a free agent and having the opportunity to be in the driver's seat and have the opportunity to make a decision and play for different teams, and that is exciting in itself", Walker said. They were the team that drafted me.

Whether or not Walker will be with the Hornets next season remains to be seen, but it sounds like it's not outside the realm of possibility.

The Hornets don't have the money to sign a difference-maker in free agency, which will likely leave GM Mitch Kupchak to acquire talent through a trades.

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