The Charlotte Hornets have looked the part of a playoff team in the Eastern Conference in the early going of the 2018-19 season and star point guard Kemba Walker is the biggest reason why. Walker, operating in his age-28 season, is off to a tremendous start, averaging 28.1 points, 5.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. There is absolutely no question that he is the best player on the Hornets roster.
With that said, there have been all kinds of rumors surrounding Walker and a potential trade over the last few months, largely driven by the fact that his contract will expire at the end of this season. However, Shams Charania of The Athletic (h/t ProBasketballTalk) reported this week that Michael Jordan and Charlotte’s front office seemingly have other ideas at this juncture.
Teams inquiring about Kemba Walker this offseason received the same message, league sources said: the Hornets are committed to contending for a playoff berth with Walker as the face of the franchise. For now, Michael Jordan has a strong desire to re-sign Walker as a free agent next summer, and teams around the NBA have recognized as much.