Hornets Push For Extension With Kemba Walker

Hornets owner Michael Jordan intends to sign an extension with Kemba Walker rather than let him hit free agency and said that he’s hopeful that the “real conversations” between the sides bear fruit in advance of Friday’s deadline, as he tells Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer (All Twitter links). Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported earlier this month that Charlotte was in talks with the Jeff Schwartz client.

Executives around the league often say that Walker isn’t a “championship point guard,” as Grantland’s Zach Lowe wrote about a month ago, though the 24-year-old hasn’t had much chance to show what he can do in meaningful games during his three years with the team. Last year’s playoff appearance was his first, and he held steady at 17.7 points per game during the 2013/14 regular season in spite of the addition of marquee free agent Al Jefferson. The Hornets are poised to return to the postseason this year, but it appears Jordan is anxious to strike a deal before skeptical executives have a chance to drive up the point guard’s value next summer.

The Hornets only have about $45.2MM in guaranteed salary for 2015/16 even with Walker’s extension. That doesn’t include a $13.5MM player option for Jefferson nor a $6MM player option for Gerald Henderson, however.

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Adam Gingrich
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Adam Gingrich
1 year 11 months ago

Given the upcoming increases in the salary cap, I’d like to see as many upcoming RFAs as possible take a short term contract in order to cash in. Wouldn’t Kemba want to wait until 2016? He’d be among the best PG options available, with only Conley and an aging Deron Williams the only players near his level

LBCknickerbocker3
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LBCknickerbocker3
1 year 11 months ago

I think he as most players want long term security instead of waiting for a chance to cash in on more money, anything can happen, best to secure the future now just my opinion though

Adam Gingrich
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Adam Gingrich
1 year 10 months ago

the greatest risk he faces is injury, which is why players are likely to sign extensions. however, it’s been proven over and over that talent will still get you paid. if he’s happy in Charlotte, then obviously signing the extension was the right move. if he wants to maximize his money, there’s little downside to playing this out

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