It appears the market for Kemba Walker is already starting to take shape. While the Hornets should be the favorites to sign him this offseason, there are two suitors emerging this week.
Although Walker doesn’t have as much appeal as Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard, he’ll provide an immediate impact to whichever team lands him in free agency.
Walker has the offensive prowess and leadership to elevate most teams to new heights. He’s currently entering his prime and should demand a lucrative deal.
Charlotte can offer Walker a five-year max contract worth over $220 million. However, the Hornets will have to fend off other suitors if they wants to keep him in town.
NBA insider Marc Stein is reporting that Boston and Dallas are the two biggest threats to lure Walker away from Charlotte.
Stein reported early today that Boston is a “stealth suitor” for the All-Star guard, but obviously its interest is out in full display at this point.
We can scratch "stealth." Boston and Dallas are at the front of the line that will be trying to lure Kemba Walker away from Charlotte, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
Dallas would be an interesting fit for Walker, as pairing him with Luka Doncic would be quite entertaining. The Mavericks are also planning on offering a long-term deal to Kristaps Porzingis.
Other suitors could obviously emerge in the sweepstakes for Walker, but for now it seems like a three-team race.