NBA Notes: Hornets, Warriors, Nets, Spurs

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

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker followed a 60-point game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend with a 43-point night Monday in a win over the Boston Celtics.

That means Walker is averaging an amazing 51.5 points since last week.

This is making the Hornets’ decision regarding Walker less difficult, of course. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the Hornets reportedly have been weighing whether to offer Walker a max contract or look for a deal before the February trade deadline.

According to several reports, Hornets owner Michael Jordan intends for the franchise to do everything it can to keep Walker with the franchise. Walker is said to enjoy playing for the Hornets and living in Charlotte. It is the only NBA team for which he’s played.

Still, there are those who predict much of what happens next with Walker will depend on how the Hornets fare between now and the deadline.

Entering Tuesday night, the Hornets are 8-8 and look as if they are in need of at least one more All-Star to pair next to Walker to be considered a true contender.

Either way, Walker has been highly entertaining and is very clearly off to his best career start. That makes how his situation ends among the league’s top off-the-floor storylines.


NBA legend Julius Erving has weighed in on the drama surrounding the Golden State Warriors, and particularly, forward Draymond Green.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s resolved yet. It seems like they’re dropping a few games and the chemistry’s not the same,” Erving told Adam Zagoria of “They got a long time to work it out, though, they’re only 15 games in and they will.”

As for Green specifically, Dr. J told Zagoria that the Warriors should appreciate and encourage the All-Star forward’s passion.

“I think Draymond Green and his edginess is a real asset for their team,” Erving said. “You don’t want him to be any different than who he is so I would think the others around him need to be a little more wiser in terms of the push back. You gotta let him be who he is.”


The Brooklyn Nets attempted to sign Otto Porter Jr. in free agency in the summer of 2017, but the Washington Wizards matched it.

Now may be a good time for the Nets to make another run at Porter, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, as the Wizards are reportedly considering cleaning house.

“Sure, he’s had a slow start, averaging just 10.6 points on 36.4 percent shooting from deep,” Lewis wrote of Porter. “But there is a feeling among some in the Wizards camp that he’s been bullied by (John) Wall, hindering his play. And at 6-foot-8, he’s a perfect fit as a stretch four who hit 43.4 percent and 44.1 percent from deep the past two seasons.”


Free-agent forward Ben Moore has officially signed a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs, as had been reported last week.

Moore is 6-foot-8 and was waived by the Indiana Pacers earlier this month after spending part of last season on a two-way contract.