As the NBA trade deadline approaches, the rumor mill is starting to gain steam and, often times, surprising names are mentioned.
One of those names is Charlotte Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker who seems to be the only player making the Hornets somewhat competitive.
Despite the rumors, Walker plays on and says the rumors won’t effect him moving forward.
“No. No, I’m a pro, man” Walker said, in an interview with the Charlotte Observer.
“This is what I do, you know. I play basketball and I go hard each and every day, regardless of what’s going on and in my life, you know. I never bring it to the basketball court. If anything, I’d rather be playing than just sitting around. Basketball is what helps me cope with anything, so no, it won’t be a problem at all.”
Walker is averaging 21.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists this season and is the most valuable asset the Hornets have.
Walker said that he’d be “pretty upset” if the Hornets dealt him, according to AJ Neuharth-Keusch of USA Today Sports.
“This is where I got my opportunity,” Walker said (video link via The Charlotte Observer). “Seven years in now, I’ve been here for seven years. I do a lot with the community, of course. I’ve gotten to know a lot of the fans. A lot of the fans have a lot of love for me, as well as I’ve got love for them. Of course I’m going to be tied to this place. This is kind of where I’ve grown up. This is definitely home.”
Hornets’ Tony Parker Talks Decision to Leave Spurs for Charlotte
Charlotte Hornets veteran point guard Tony Parker spent the majority of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, and he will now don a different team’s jersey for the first time during his long NBA career when he takes the court for the Hornets this upcoming season.
Parker, 36, said that the Spurs offered the same contract that the Hornets did, but that the role he would play in Charlotte was different than the one that the Spurs had planned for him, also noting that he wanted to play for his idol Michael Jordan.
“The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role,” Parker said, during an interview with L’Espresso.
“It was not a question of money. And it’s important that people know this, because there are a lot of people who were “angry” at the Spurs, thinking the franchise had not offered me anything. Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach. And that was the role they offered me, when I wanted to play.
“And when Michael Jordan called me, my idol, I thought, let’s go,” Parker continued. “For me, I feel like closing the loop, to finish my career in his club, it’s something special for me because it’s him that made me want to play basketball.”
Parker averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game last season for the Spurs.
Kemba Walker Says He Will Be With Hornets For ‘A Long Time’
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker has been at the root of trade rumors this offseason, being linked to teams such as the New York Knicks, but the veteran franchise building block doesn’t want to go anywhere.
Walker spoke about the rumors, specifically those that link him to the Knicks.
“As far as seeing me in New York, I doubt it,” Walker said, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. “I’m a Hornet, and I’m planning on being a Hornet for a long time; so, yeah, I’m not sure about that [New York].”
Walker, a Bronx native, has one year remaining in his contract worth $12 million.
“I’m not planning to leave, no,” Walker said. “It’s not up to me right now.”
Timofey Mozgov, Bismack Biyombo, Julyan Stone and Jerian Grant Could Be Moved In 3-Team Trade
The Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls are finalizing a deal that would see players such as Timofey Mozgov, Bismack Biyombo, Julyan Stone and Jerian Grant all moved, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal would send Mozgov from the Hornets to the Magic, Biyombo from Orlando to Charlotte, Stone from the Hornets to the Bulls, and Grant from the Bulls to Orlando.
NBC Sports Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill reports that the Bulls will waive Stone.
Mozgov averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for the Nets last season. Grant averaged 8.4 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game with the Bulls last season.
Biyombo put in 5.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game with Orlando last season.
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