All-Star Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets have sizable gaps and stalemate in talks so far, opening pathway for competitors in Boston, New York and Dallas, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 27, 2019
That Tweet was followed by this one just six minutes later.
The Boston Celtics have emerged as the frontrunner to sign Charlotte All-Star guard Kemba Walker once free agency opens Sunday at 6 PM ET, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2019
I do not like this news. Kemba Walker has been adamant about his desire to return to Charlotte, and the Hornets front office has been adamant about their desire to retain their franchise point guard, so I’m unsure where the disconnect could be. There are still a few days before free agency opens, so hopefully it gets sorted out before then.
If Walker does decide to leave, the Hornets will surely be a lottery team next season. But at least we’ll have Ricky Rubio to look forward to. The young guys will surely get a lot of burn, which would be fun, and we could look ahead to the lottery with dreams of future success and whimsy.