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Hornets will hold training camp in Chapel Hill; Walker re-affirms desire to remain in Charlotte

In addition to training camp, the Hornets will play an exhibition against the Boston Celtics.

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In a move that is surprising for the fact that it hasn’t happened sooner, the Charlotte Hornets will hold training camp at UNC Chapel Hill this offseason. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer first reported the story yesterday.

It’s the first time the Hornets have held training camp away from Charlotte since 2014. They did travel to China in 2015, but held camp in Charlotte before leaving. Previously, the team spent training camps at UNC-Asheville and UNC-Wilmington (where, at the former, I held the door for Emeka Okafor. It was a blogger’s dream come true).

Camp will run from September 25th-27th. The Hornets will then take on the Boston Celtics in a scrimmage at the Dean Smith Center on September 28th. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Southeast. The televised part is surprising, since virtually none of the Hornets preseason games have ever been on TV.

The scrimmage is a great opportunity for those in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area to see the team in person and close to home. Tickets go on sale Thursday.

Walker plans to be in Charlotte ‘a long time’

In the lastest development concerning Kemba Walker’s future, the All-Star guard told The Atlantic he plans to remain with the Charlotte Hornets long-term after being asked about a possible move to New York.

“As far as seeing me in New York, I doubt it,” Walker replied. “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).”

The Knicks, and by extension the Brooklyn Nets, have been linked with Walker for a while, who hails for New York City. Both teams are expected to have a ton of cap space next summer, enough to sign a max-level player like Walker.

But as he has stated previously, Walker has reiterated his desire to remain in Charlotte past this contract. It’s really no surprise at this point, and those who suggest otherwise either aren’t listening or aren’t paying attention.

Walker’s comments don’t guarantee his return, of course, but a contract extension looks increasingly likely to happen as long as both sides believe it to be the right move.