The Charlotte Hornets haven’t been in the playoffs since the 2015-16 when they lost in the first round to the Heat, taking them to game 7. Kemba Walker has been in Charlotte for 8 years now and has only been to the playoffs twice. This summer will be very interesting to see what route Walker takes during free agency. The Hornets will likely do whatever they can to bring him back, but what will they do to make it attractive for him to stay.
There are a few players on the roster that have player options to return for the 2019-20 season: Marvin Williams, Bismack Biyombo, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Besides Walker, Jeremy Lamb (UFA), Frank Kaminsky (RFA), and Shelvin Mack (UFA) are the only players who’s contracts will make them free agents after the season. Out of those guys, Lamb is the only one the Hornets may look to bring back. Lamb is averaging a career high in points and rebounds, posting 15 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Kemba has made it clear that he wants to stay in Charlotte, but that could change once July comes around as contenders will bring more to the table than what Charlotte may have to offer. If Walker decides to stay, the Hornets would have a better chance of landing someone in free agency (list of upcoming free agents) this summer. Walker’s decision in free agency will be a very huge one and impactful to either the Hornets or a new team. It’s understandable why he wants to stay in Charlotte, but will the organization be able to do what it takes to give him a good supporting cast to win games.
Watch Kemba Walker go for 47 points against Jazz below.