Hornets willing to move Kemba Walker in potential blockbuster deal

  • Hornets willing to move Kemba Walker in potential blockbuster deal

Hornets willing to move Kemba Walker in potential blockbuster deal

(97.1 The Ticket) Kemba Walker is available, and the Pistons are interested.

The Charlotte Hornets figure to be sellers at the trade deadline, and point guard Kemba Walker is reportedly being made available to teams in need of backcourt help. The source close to the situation said that Detroit "certainly will look at it". It is a bargain for a productive player like Walker, who is averaging 21.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists.

Teammates Dwight Howard #12 and Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets react on the bench during their game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Spectrum Center on November 1, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Trading Davis for draft picks and younger players would likely mean that Cousins is headed elsewhere in the summer. The Hornets are looking to offload one or more of their bad contracts in a package deal involving Walker.

Charlotte has already put Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams on the trade block but hasn't yet been successful in making a move. But that's not good enough, and they are dealing with too much of a mess to make a push this season. The Hornets have made the playoffs just once since 2009 and have yet to make it past the first round.

Despite the team's struggles, Walker has been a bright spot for the past three seasons as he's rose to an all-star level.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets are willing to part ways with the All Star point guard and begin a full rebuild. The team knows it'll take a huge payday to keep Walker for the long-term future and they may be unwilling to pay him knowing they are not close to competing for a championship.

Could they acquire him before the February 8 trade deadline? Staying with one team would be a "special thing" in his eyes.