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Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks all need Kemba Walker

Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks all need Kemba Walker 1

If Kemba Walker does not get a “supermax” contract with the Hornets, it might be a three-team race for the All-Star level guard.

Throughout ESPN’s mock draft particular Tuesday, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the Lakers, Knicks and Mavericks are the three groups apart from Charlotte most taken with signing Walker, who was named third-team All-NBA this season.

If Charlotte slides a supertax deal throughout the desk to Walker, it will be laborious to cross up. The utmost contract different groups can supply him is 4 years and $140.6 million, however the Hornets can supply as much as 5 years and $221.Three million in a supermax deal.

In a latest interview with The Athletic, Walker mentioned: “Charlotte’s definitely my first priority.”

“Charlotte is my home, man,” he mentioned. “I’ve been there for eight years and it’s been the most amazing eight years of my life. My family, they love it. The fans love me. The organization has been great and gave me my opportunity.”

Latest experiences have appeared to eradicate New York and Los Angeles from Walker’s listing of potential locations.

Wojnarowski mentioned Tuesday the Lakers “are not a front-runner or even really a major consideration among any of the elite free agents,” whereas SNY reported earlier this week the 29-year-old guard signing with the Knicks this summer season “isn’t a likely outcome.”

The Lakers are anticipated to proceed their efforts to get a deal achieved for Anthony Davis, which might doubtless contain Lonzo Ball and the fourth total decide within the upcoming draft in some vogue. Transferring Ball and the potential to draft some extent guard prospect would make Walker a seemingly good match with LeBron James and Davis.

The largest draw for Walker in New York may have been the potential to pair with Kevin Durant if he indicators within the Massive Apple. However that duo can be placed on maintain for a lot, if not all, of subsequent season whereas Durant rehabs from an Achilles damage suffered Monday throughout Recreation 5 of the NBA Finals.

Walker would make for an fascinating addition to the Mavericks alongside 20-year-old Luka Doncic and 7-Three Latvian Kristaps Porzingis.

Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 factors, together with, 5.9 assists, for Charlotte final season. He shot 43.4% from the sector and 35.6% from 3-point vary.

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