Kemba Walker Rumors

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Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
Position: G
Born: 05/08/90
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:171 lbs. / 78 kg.
Salary: $32,742,000
Despite Kupchak saying in April the Hornets would do “everything we can” to re-sign Walker, the Hornets’ offer was about $160 million over five years — roughly $60 million less than the most he was eligible for once he qualified for a “supermax” contract that only Charlotte could offer. Kupchak told the Observer the Hornets were somewhat blindsided by Walker making All-NBA, and thus becoming supermax-eligible. He said while Walker didn’t demand the full supermax, the wide gap between what the Hornets could justify paying and Walker’s growing status changed the dynamic.
Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak won’t let “rebuild” slip from his lips. “Transition” is the word he prefers to describe life without Kemba Walker. But rebuild, the Hornets must. And rebuild, they will. “If there is a master plan, it is to transition from a team built around a superstar to a team built around our young players and a style of play,” Kupchak said Wednesday.
The descriptions of Kemba Walker from three of his Team USA mates, who just happen to be Celtics, make clear they’re drawing a comparison, even if they didn’t realize it. “He fits in perfectly. Everything that Brad envisions as players, (Kemba) has it,” said Marcus Smart, referring to Boston coach Brad Stevens. “I didn’t know how down to Earth and how humble he was,” Jaylen Brown said. “He’s really humble, and a guy like that you always want to be around because he gives off good energy,” Smart added. “I think that resiliency that he carries will fit Boston’s personality very well,” Brown continued.