Hornets Notes: Parker, Kemba, Lamb, Kaminsky, MKG

Speaking today to reporters, including Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer (Twitter link), veteran point guard Tony Parker said he’s 50-50 on playing for the Hornets next season. Parker would like to return, but only if he can play on a competitive team.

“I don’t want to play on a rebuilding team,” Parker said (Twitter link). “I want to play for a team that’s fighting to make the playoffs at least.”

The contract Parker signed with the Hornets during the 2018 offseason is a two-year deal, but next year’s $5.25MM salary won’t become guaranteed until July 4, per Basketball Insiders. In other words, even if Parker – who will turn 37 next month – decides he wants to stick around, that interest will need to be mutual.

However, the former Spur said today that the Hornets want him to come back, tweets Bonnell. Parker also admitted that the opportunity to play a regular-season game in Paris is an incentive to return.

As we wait to see what happens with Parker, here are several more Hornets-related notes:

  • As Bonnell relays for The Observer, Kemba Walker said after the Hornets’ regular-season finale on Wednesday that he’s unsure whether he expects to remain in Charlotte long-term. Walker did reiterate today that “this is where I want to be” (video link via Rod Boone of The Athletic), but also said that winning will absolutely be his number one priority (Twitter link via Bonnell).
  • Asked if the Hornets have done enough to convince him they’re serious about winning, Kemba said that’s still in action, according to Bonnell.
  • Walker isn’t the only key Hornet with an uncertain future. As Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer details, it’ll be a big summer for veterans like Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminsky as well.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who has a $13MM player option for 2019/20, said today that he hasn’t thought much yet about his decision, per Bonnell (Twitter link). He did say that “happiness” – rather than money – is his main concern going forward, though it’d still be a surprise if he opts out.
  • As we explained earlier today, a random drawing on Friday will go a long way toward deciding where the Hornets will pick in the first round of this year’s draft.
  • Marvin Williams said today that he plans to opt into the final year of his contract. Here’s the full story.
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12 thoughts on “Hornets Notes: Parker, Kemba, Lamb, Kaminsky, MKG

  1. Reflect

    He wants to play for a competitive team but he left the Spurs for the Hornets.

    …okay.

  2. jirogers72

    Williams & MKG please opt out! Trade Batum and pay some of his salary. Start the purge!!!

    • rxbrgr

      They can only “pay” (w/ cash) one season of Batum’s and would top out at paying for about $6mm of it. Unloading him would be a monumental feat.

  3. Thronson5

    Kemba needs to come to the Lakers. Lakers won’t have money for another big time player so then do a sign and trade centered around Ball for Cousins with the Suns.

      • Thronson5

        I know that but the Suns babe cap space to sign him and then trade him to the Lakers. Don’t have my teams mixed up.

  4. rxbrgr

    If Tony wants to play for a competitor and in France, he should sign with the Bucks!

    • Don’t think Bucks would want him… also he wouldn’t play he would just sit around.

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