Kemba Walker Ready To Move On From Charlotte Hornets But Wants To Stay

Kemba Walker admits he's ready to leave Charlotte Hornets this summer but wants to stay with the franchise.

The 29-year-old is a free agent and a reported target for the Los Angeles Lakers to join LeBron James and turn them into an NBA contender.

Walker is eligible for a whopping 'supermax' contract worth £173m over five years if he stays with the Hornets, and wants to see out his career with the great Michael Jordan's team.

Speaking at a Jordan brand event in Paris, Walker told SPORTbible: "Charlotte and MJ took a chance on me and I just tried to pay them back and give the organisation everything I had throughout my career.

"The least I could do is want to stay here. Not a lot of players get a chance to stay at one organisation for their whole career.

"If it doesn't work out then it just doesn't. Just because it's my first priority it doesn't mean I'm staying.

"I can easily go somewhere else. I will do what's best for me and my family."

Walker enjoyed his best ever season statistically - averaging 25.6 points per game and 5.9 assists per game - and earned a spot in the NBA All Star Game for the third year running.

But Charlotte missed the playoffs for the third year running and the 29-year-old is running out of time to win an NBA title.

The Hornets are owned by the greatest basketball player ever in six-time champion Jordan.

And Walker said: "I always feel like I've had an advantage as a player to be able to play for him just because he's the best to ever do it.

"To be able to seek advice from him or just talk, I'm able to do that at any time.

"I love playing for MJ and for the Hornets and we'll see where that takes us in free agency.

"It was a pretty exciting season and all my hard work has paid off. I just want to continue to grow and get better."

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

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