More often than not, bad teams stay bad forever, and the Charlotte Hornets have been a clear example of a struggling franchise that’s never been able to shake off their woes despite constantly landing high picks in the Draft.
Now, according to several sources, it feels like they’re ready to start from scratch once again, and have even made their All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade talks. While team owner Michael Jordan denies reports of Kemba’s availability, denial hardly means anything anymore (as it’s usually just a safe guard in case a deal can’t be found)— just ask DeMarcus Cousins, who was traded from Sacramento shortly after being told he wasn’t on the block.
In any case, Walker is at the pinnacle of his career and, even though he’s not the best point guard in the league, his Kyrie Irving-esque averages of 21.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game could really come handy to more than one team in the Association.
Today, we’re going to list 5 possible trade destinations for him, as well as what the Charlotte Hornets could get in return for the 7 year veteran out of UConn.
5. Detroit Pistons
It’s pretty safe to say that the Detroit Pistons really regret the fact that they trusted Reggie Jackson with a lot of cash and a long deal, as the injury prone point guard hasn’t proven to be better than most of the substitute playmakers in the league.
So, Kemba Walker would be a major upgrade at the point guard spot for Van Gundy’s squad, that should flat out send Reggie Jackson to the Charlotte Hornets alongside a future first round pick.
4. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers have been a very nice surprise so far this season despite everybody counting them out during the whole offseason considering how young the team had become following Paul George’s departure.
3. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are reportedly trying to find a new home for Elfrid Payton, and considering how poorly he’s fared ever since entering the league, well, they’re most likely not going to miss him much anyways.
Payton could be hard to move because his offensive repertoire is pretty much non existent, but if they manage to find him a new home, they could send Nikola Vucevic to the Charlotte Hornets to get Kemba in return.
2. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns currently have a lot of assets and have mightily struggled to find a consistent point guard for the future after stints from Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, Brandon Knight, Tyler Ulis and Eric Bledsoe, so finding an All-Star to run the team’s offense should be their top priority.
In order to do so, the Phoenix Suns could send their future first round pick (a pick that’s projected to go in the top 5) as well as Dragan Bender and Greg Monroe, also landing Jeremy Lamb in the deal.
1. Dallas Mavericks
This one’s kind of unlikely to happen at the time because the Dallas Mavericks are reportedly eager to wait for Dennis Smith Jr and just let him play though his mistakes to become the team’s franchise player after Dirk Nowitzki’s return.
Still, Mark Cuban has never been much of a fan of rebuilding, so he could just shake things off to try and make a playoffs run, landing Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker in exchange for their future first round pick, J.J. Barea and Dwight Powell.