Kemba Walker Willing to Take Less Money if Hornets Put Talent Around Him

Kemba Walker with Charlotte Hornets in 2017
Kemba Walker with Charlotte Hornets in 2017. Photo by Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock

Although several NBA teams are ready to make a big push for Kemba Walker, the 29-year-old guard is still focused on trying to find a way to remain with Charlotte Hornets.

As a matter of fact, Walker is so determined to succeed in Charlotte that he is willing to take less money from the Hornets if that would enable the team to create a competitive roster.

Walker recently discussed his upcoming free agency, and reiterated that Hornets remain his “first priority.”

“How can they not be?” – said Walker according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. “I don’t understand how they can not be my first priority. I’ve been here eight years. They were the team that drafted me.”

Hornets can offer Kemba Walker a five-year deal worth $221 million, while other teams can sign him on a 4-year, $140 deal. When asked whether he would consider giving Charlotte a discount to help them put talent around him, Walker responded positively.

“Yeah, why not. I would be. I would take less, for sure,” – he said.

Walker had a great season in 2018/19 which saw him average 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals. This earned him All-Star and All-NBA Third Team nods but also made teams around the league interested in his services this summer.  The list includes Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.