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With Kemba Walker reportedly available, though for a steep price, the Charlotte Hornets are looking to be sellers as the NBA’s trade deadline looms.
“We’re not shopping Kemba, but it’s our job to listen,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said. “It would take something really great to move him. We love Kemba. He’s a great player, All-Star caliber.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we did do something, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t do something.”
According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, team owner Michael Jordan and his front office are receiving plenty of inquiries about the availability of Walker. The Cleveland Cavaliers are reported to be one of the many teams to have asked about Walker.
“The Hornets continue to field calls on Kemba Walker, but no Walker deal gets done unless a team absorbs one of the handful of bad contracts on Charlotte’s roster, sources said,” Mannix reported. “Another variable at play: The future of GM Rich Cho. Cho is in the final year of his contract and there have been rumblings that former Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is a favorite among high-ranking team officials to take over next summer.
“If Hornets owner Michael Jordan is resolved to replace Cho, he may not sign off on dealing Charlotte’s most appealing asset.”
Former Cavs and Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry’s name has also been linked to the Hornets.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m.