Some think Walker more likely to leave Hornets than stay

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

With the Charlotte Hornets again fighting just to get in the playoffs, some around the league envision point guard Kemba Walker leaving the franchise in free agency this summer, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

“At this point, based on scuttlebutt around the league but without direct clarity from his side, it feels like he’s more likely to leave than stay,” Amick wrote.

Walker is having an All-Star season and makes his home in Charlotte. He has said he enjoys playing there and for the organization. The Hornets turned away trade offers in February and are prepared to make Walker the highest-paid player in team history.

But anymore, all of that means little — and some clearly suspect Walker has one eye on the door.

Walker is 6-foot-0 and turns 29 next month. Charlotte is the only franchise for which he’s played. He is averaging 25.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds on the season.

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