"Charlotte has been encouraging teams to make offers and appears eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade in which another team would take on one of the Hornets' several far-less-desirable contracts". The former University of CT standout is the only player Charlotte has drafted to make an All-Star team since Baron Davis (2002) despite the franchise having 12 top-14 picks since 2004.
This is the first time Walker's name has come up in trade discussions, and he said Friday that he hopes to stay with the Hornets but knows there's not much say he has in the matter.
For the Hornets, the team would get a talented, albeit often-injured, player in return. The No.7 seed Pelicans are only three games in the loss column behind the No.4 seed Minnesota Timberwolves, and they've got a real chance to win a playoff series with Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in the frontcourt.
And with the Pistons floundering near the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff chase (they are ninth), would it be worth surrendering young assets (Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson or a future first-rounder) to lock up the sixth seed? "But I mean, I don't know". The news signals a bitter reality for the Hornets, one they finally decided they couldn't ignore: they stink.
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I think there could legitimately be a deal here, though I would also think that the Hornets could likely get a sweeter deal elsewhere. Of course I'm going to be tied to this place.
Charlotte has already put Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams on the trade block but hasn't yet been successful in making a move.
Walker is having another excellent season this year, averaging 21.7 points, 5.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting just over 42 percent from the floor and a little less than 35 percent from beyond the arc. He was Charlotte's first-round pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft.