According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the door is closed on a potential Walker-to-Cleveland deal.
Walker had been rumored to be in the mix for the Cavs, according to a report from Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon back in June, but with the draft coming and going without any movement the deal seems dead.
If the Cavs were to try and pry Walker away from Charlotte, they could have used the 8th overall pick as a trade piece, but instead used that pick to select Alabama point guard Collin Sexton , filling the need that a trade for Walker would have and taking away their biggest trade asset.
Meanwhile, Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak has made it clear that Walker is a franchise cornerstone and a building block moving forward.
“I don’t think it is anybody’s goal to lose him in free agency,” Kupchak said, according to the Associated Press’ Steve Reed (h/t NBA.com). “But going forward, in the community, in the franchise, this is a player that we hope is with us—not only for the next couple of years, but ends his career here.”
For now, Walker is staying put, but expect his name to be heavily discussed this summer when free agency opens officially.
Hornets’ PJ Washington Medically Cleared
Charlotte Hornets rookie PJ Washington has been medically cleared to do pretty much everything on the court, good news for the 21-year old and the Hornets.
“I’m pretty much cleared to do everything,” Washington said, according to Rck Bonnell of the Charlotte News Observer . “After summer league, it was about two weeks.”
“Pretty much everything: Finishing, shooting, pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop,” Washington reiterated. “All the reads.”
Washington had been recovering from ongoing pain in his left foot, which prevented him from participating in the 2019 Summer League.
Now, it’s all systems go for Washington.
Kemba Walker Informs Hornets He Will Sign with Celtics
According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Walker has told the Hornets that he pans to signed with the Celtics once free agency kicks off.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Walker will ink a four-year, $141 million contract with Boston.
Hornets Decline Qualifying Offer for Frank Kaminsky
With the loss of Kemba Walker and now with Kaminsky heading out the door, it seems to be a sinking ship in Charlotte.
Kaminsky wasn’t a big part of head coach James Borrego’s rotation, losing minutes as the season wore on, but he is expected to draw significant interest one he hits free agency.
Kaminsky averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season for the Hornets.
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