NBA Rumors: The Charlotte Hornets could emerge as a landing spot for Kemba Walker during the offseason.
Last offseason, the New York Knicks believed that Kemba Walker could work as somewhat of a stopgap for the team at the point guard position and help the team take a step forward overall this season.
However, that didn’t happen. Ultimately, Kemba wasn’t a great fit for the Knicks, and the team overall, not all to the fault of Kemba, took a big step back this season. Even with one year remaining on his contract, it would be highly surprising if Kemba was a member of the Knicks next season.
According to a recent report, one potential landing spot for Kemba could be the Charlotte Hornets.
"[via New York Post]According to an NBA source, Walker has been training in Charlotte, N.C., his former home, and New York, shuttling back and forth. Walker’s mother still lives in the “Queen City,’’ and the Hornets could be a future destination as he played there eight seasons."
It’s unlikely that Kemba will have a robust market, especially if a team has to acquire him via trade. Unless the Knicks will be attaching an asset to his contract, it’s difficult to see many teams trying to acquire him.
And we saw some of that when the Knicks tried to shop him at the NBA Trade Deadline. A buyout could also be worked out between Kemba and the Knicks, but would likely be one of the final options for both sides if there’s simply a non-existent trade market.
The Hornets would be an intriguing option for Kemba as he could offer a legit backup point guard and could help LaMelo Ball as he continues to develop as a young star in the league. Plus, let’s not forget how good of a story a reunion would be between Kemba and the Hornets.