Lakers to make Walker top target following Davis trade

Veteran point guard Kemba Walker has said his priority is to return to the Hornets.

All-Star point guard Kemba Walker will be the Los Angeles Lakers’ top target in free agency following the trade for Anthony Davis, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Walker, 29, is an unrestricted free agent after eight years with the Charlotte Hornets. He has said his “top priority” is to return to Charlotte and has suggested he may even be willing to take less than the maximum contract to do so.

The Lakers will be on the lookout for a point guard following the trade of Lonzo Ball to the Pelicans in the Davis deal. (Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks were also part of the Pelicans’ haul.)

As of now, Rajon Rondo is the lone starting-caliber point guard on the roster, and the Lakers would prefer to have him come off the bench.

Besides the Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks have been the only other team strongly linked to Walker.

He has only played for the Hornets since being drafted in 2011 and averaged 25.6 points and 5.9 assists this past season.