The 2019 NBA free agency class is absolutely loaded as it boasts the likes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.
An often overlooked figure in the pool, however, is Hornets All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, whose current contract is laughable considering the ELITE level that he performs at.
Per Bleacher Report, Kemba will be the main target of the Dallas Mavericks who are enamored with the idea of uniting him with Luke Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.
The Charlote Observer's Rick Bonnell also revealed that the Mavs and Hornets will be joined by the Knicks, Pacers, and Lakers in the pursuit of the three-time All-Star.
Averaging a career-high 25.1 points to go with 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game, the 28-year-old will unquestionably demand a max contract come summer, and surely one of those teams will be willing to hand him one.
And all of the aforementioned franchises will have the funds to offer Walker the lucrative max-deal, meaning the former UConn star will have a platter of teams pitching to him.
The Hornets can offer Kemba up to $221 million this summer. https://t.co/Dt2V2X4ni9— SLAM (@SLAMonline) April 11, 2019
No.15 has recently made it clear that his heart and loyalties still lay with his current home, hinting that he doesn't fancy the idea of chasing the money. Perhaps he will re-sign with the Hornets in hopes that the team can lure a star player to Charlotte in order to compete for an NBA championship.
Kemba Walker on his comments at Media Day that he wants to be in Charlotte: "This is where I want to be. That hasn't changed."— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) April 11, 2019
Considering the Hornets' prolonged stint of irrelevance, Kemba hasn't gotten the recognition he deserves over his eight imposing years in the Association, but a move to an enormous market like Dallas, New York or Los Angeles would certainly do the trick.