Walker seemingly to stay with Hornets; Knicks not on radar

Free agent point guard Kemba Walker appears to be headed for the Celtics after eight years with the Hornets.

All-Star point guard Kemba Walker will likely remain with the Charlotte Hornets should they offer him a maximum-level salary, but that prospect at the moment is unclear, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

If not, then Walker still isn’t expected to consider the New York Knicks in free agency this summer.

“With free agency less than three weeks away, the situation in Charlotte certainly bears watching,” Begley reported. “If the Hornets offer Walker a max deal, it seems logical to assume that he stays there. Of course, only Walker — and Walker alone — knows what he wants to do this summer. And he probably won’t have a strong idea about where he wants to sign until he meets with the Hornets or other suitors in a few weeks.”

Then Begley mentioned the Knicks, who are hoping to be be heavy-hitters in free agency. Along with Walker, they have been linked to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Walker, by the way, is a New York native.

“But some opposing execs monitoring Charlotte’s free agent situation believe, currently, that if Walker chose to sign somewhere outside of Charlotte, going to New York isn’t a likely outcome for the point guard,” Begley reported.

Last week, Walker told Jared Weiss of The Athletic his “first priority” is to remain with the Hornets.

“That’s where I’ve been for eight years and that’s all I know,” Walker said. “Not many people get a chance to play for one NBA team throughout their career. When I go on my Instagram, I see, ‘Kemba leave! Kemba get out of Charlotte!’ People don’t understand, when they say you need to go ‘here’ and win, that winning is not guaranteed anywhere.”