Mavs expected to make strong push for Hornets’ Walker

Hornets star point guard Kemba Walker is eligible to enter free agency in July.

Aggressive ownership and intriguing talent make the Dallas Mavericks the biggest threat to sign Kemba Walker away from the Charlotte Hornets this offseason, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

The All-Star point guard becomes a free agent in July, and Sam Amick of The Athletic recently reported that ” it feels like he’s more likely to leave than stay” with the Hornets.

As an aside, the Mavericks inquired about Walker in January but were rebuffed, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Along with determined team owner Mark Cuban, the Mavs are viewed as an up-and-coming franchise built around a pair of Europeans.

“The Mavericks have the likely NBA Rookie of the Year in small forward-shooting guard Luka Doncic,” Bonnell wrote. “They also traded for a top big man in currenty injured Kristaps Porzingis. Both of those players are on affordable contracts within the NBA’s rookie-scale system.”

Walker is 6-foot-1 and turns 29 in May. Charlotte is the only franchise for which he’s played. He’s averaging career-highs of 24.9 points and 5.8 assists through Sunday.

The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers are others who may pursue Walker this summer, Bonnell wrote.