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It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Charlotte Hornets could trade Kemba Walker this offseason. They explored the possibility at the trade deadline and with a new management team in place, led by general manager Mitch Kupchak, the Hornets might decide to try again.
But what could the Hornets get in return for their high-scoring, 28-year old playmaker?
Well, according to ESPN analyst and former NBA GM Bobby Marks, a lottery pick and young player could potentially seal a deal.
Marks was speaking to the Charlotte Observer, which penned an entire piece on the possibility of Walker getting moved.
Per the report:
“The starter has to be a first-round pick in the lottery – now or next year,” Marks projected, saying he’d also expect a young player as part of a package for Walker.
And what about convincing a team to take a bad contract off the Hornets’ payroll?
“The only way that happens,” Marks predicted, “is if the other team gets a commitment long-term” from Walker to re-sign.
Walker averaged 22.1 points and 5.6 assists in 80 games last season. While he has said he wants to play for a regular playoff team, he is said to like Charlotte and playing for the Hornets. According to the Observer, he is even building a “dream home” in North Carolina.
But his value is high, and you can be sure the phone will be ringing, opposing teams calling to ask about his availability.
“There aren’t a lot of All-Star point guards out there,” Marks told the Observer. “Walker is an asset a lot of teams would see as a way to get better.”