Charlotte Hornets Make Walker Available, Rebuild Looming
Just a few seasons ago the Charlotte Hornets had something.
Fast forward a few bad contracts later, and the Hornets are sitting near the Eastern Conference basement, strapped with veterans that make far more money than they’re worth and have a term far from desirable. Now, the Hornets are ready to wave the white flag and start from scratch.
Easier said than done of course, but with the trade deadline looming, the Hornets have one of the best trade chips on the market. Star guard Kemba Walker is set to enter free agency next offseason and is more than likely rushing to get out of Charlotte. It seems like the Hornets want him out sooner than that – before he takes the high road for the cost of nothing. Moreover, the Hornets are looking to package Walker in a deal with another one of their big money contract players.
Walker’s deal is dirt cheap, as the former All-Star is set to make only $12-million in his contract year.
According to league sources, the Hornets are exploring trading the likes of Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. To this point, it seems like the interest is minimal. Ironically enough, the lack of interest may be due to the money and the term attached to these players. Batum is owed $100-million over four seasons, Howard has $47-million over two years, Williams is still owed $42-million over three years, and Kidd-Gilchrist has $39-million for three years remaining on his rookie scale extension.
Someone really messed up here and the Hornets are about to pay for the mis-mangagement with many more years of mediocrity.