MJ: It would take All-Star in return to land Kemba

The Charlotte Hornets have been listening to trade rumors for All-Star guard Kemba Walker, team owner Michael Jordan said in a report Monday night.

The man regarded by most to ever play the shooting guard position confirmed Monday night that he would consider offer for the guy who plays the same position on the team he owns.

Michael Jordan confirmed to the Charlotte Observer he would listen to trade proposals for the Hornets’ leading scorer, All-Star guard Kemba Walker, but it would take an All-Star player in return to pry him away.

“I’m not looking to trade Kemba, but I would listen to opportunities,” Jordan told Rick Bonnell of the newspaper.

“It’s not like we are shopping him. We would not just give him up. I love Kemba Walker. I would not trade him for anything but an All-Star player.”

A report by Adrian Wojnarowski last week said the Hornets are encouraging teams to make offers for Walker, with the hope of attaching him as part of a larger deal to include one of Charlotte’s less-than-desirable contracts.

Walker, who posted a game-high 26 points in a 112-107 Charlotte win Monday night against visiting Sacramento, has resigned himself to hearing his name bandied about leading up to the NBA’s Feb. 8 trade deadline.

“I’m over it,” Walker said of the trade report. “I’m not even thinking about it anymore. I just want to win.”

The 6-foot-1, 172-pound Walker is averaging 21.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 34.7 minutes per game this season. He is shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from 3 and 85.0 percent from the free throw line.

Walker, 27, is signed through the 2018-19 season at $12 million per year.

Charlotte is 19-26 this season and stands 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Hornets trail the eighth-place Philadelphia 76ers by four games in the race for the final playoff spot in the conference.