Hornets taking offers for Kemba Walker

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Compare that to Kemba who is making only $12 million this season and is averaging 21 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds per game.

Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts against the Orlando Magic during their game at Spectrum Center on December 4, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Why it makes sense: At 23-21 and now barely holding down the seventh seed in the East, the Bucks are underachieving- at least for a team featuring one of the top five talents in basketball. In fact, Woj says the Hornets are "encouraging teams to make offers".

An ESPN report said that the Hornets are fielding trade inquiries on their star point guard. Kemba would get to go back home (Bronx native), and in case you forgot, he loves playing at Madison Square Garden.

Wojnarowski notes the team has already put Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the market but aren't finding suitors due to their large salaries.

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The Hornets would likely plummet in the standings without Walker and position themselves for a top-five pick in a deep 2018 National Basketball Association draft.

The thought process in Charlotte is that trading away Walker, the franchise's first-round pick in 2011, would represent the beginning of a complete rebuild. That would mean the Knicks would likely need to take on extra salary to acquire Walker, which was something NY was hesitant to do in trading Carmelo Anthony over the summer. But they seem to be stuck in neutral, with two playoff appearances in the previous four full seasons under Clifford, and a bold move to trade their best player has to be on the radar.

For a team who has the cap room and is willing to possibly take on a heavy contract to add a solid young player at his peak, this could be a solid pick up and a vital piece to help a team with playoff hopes this season. Thus, he doesn't become a free agent until 2019.

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