Cornerstone or trade bait? Hornets’ Walker has ‘no idea’

Kemba Walker appeared in 80 games for the Hornets this past season.

The winds of change are blowing like a hurricane through the Charlotte Hornets. It remains to be seen, however if those gales will blow the team’s best player out of town.

With Mitch Kupchak taking over as team president and general manager, and with head coach Steve Clifford having been dismissed, where does that leave Kemba Walker?

With one year remaining on his four-year, $48 million contract, the two-time All-Star guard realizes his future with the only NBA team he has ever known is very much up in the air. He could be the foundation of a longterm rebuild or he could be used as trade bait to facilitate such a rebuild.

“I have no idea,” Walker said of his future after Charlotte’s regular-season finale. “That is out of my control. I am just going to focus on getting better as a player. That is really all you can do. I don’t know what they are going to do.”

The 6-foot-1 Walker has averaged more than 20 points and five assists in each of the last three seasons.

Kupchak provided no hints in regards to the Hornets’ plans for Walker during his introductory press conference Tuesday.

“My understanding is he is great in the locker room and great in the community,’ Kupchak said. “I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to have a player like that going forward.”

For his part, Walker refused to speculate on what the Hornets need to do going forward to make the necessary steps toward improving their fortunes.

“I don’t want to answer that question because it could get real ugly,” Walker said. “I will leave it up to the guys upstairs.”