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Kemba Walker: I Don't Have Any Interest In Coming Back Home To NY Right Now

Dec 10, 2018 9:16 AM

Kemba Walker was asked about possibly joining the New York Knicks as a free agent in 2019.

“I don’t have any interest in coming back home — right now,” said Walker.

Walker has always been linked to the Knicks due to their need at point guard and his ties to the area.

“I mean, I’m home. This is where I’m from,” Walker said when asked why he likes playing at the Garden so much. “I’m pretty sure anyone that goes home to play where they’re from, it’s exciting for them. [It’s exciting] for me, when I get a chance to play in front of my family and friends, play in front of the people that know me best.”

Walker previously expounded upon the links to the Knicks over this past summer.

“I’ve been hearing it for years now, the Knicks,” Walker said then. “Every time I come home, it’s ‘When are you coming home to the Knicks?’ MSG is a special place, man. The Knicks are a special team. Of course, I’ve been a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I really can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey — only because I’ve been in one jersey. I really don’t know.”

Zach Braziller/New York Post

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Kemba Walker Pushed Agent To Accept Charlotte's $10M Per Season Offer In 2014

Nov 28, 2018 10:29 AM

Kemba Walker entered the NBA without a reliable perimeter jumper, but he has transformed himself into one of the best three-point shooters off the dribble in the league.

Walker shot 30 percent on three-pointers as a rookie and a combined 31.8 percent on threes over his first four seasons.

"I never saw myself playing at this level, and shooting the ball like this," said Walker. "I guess you could say I'm surprised."

"He and Dame [Lillard] are the closest things to Stephen Curry," said James Borrego.

When Walker was negotiating a contract extension in 2014, his agent Jeff Schwartz pushed for $12 million per season. Charlotte's best offer was $10 million per season and as the deadline approached, Walker pushed Schwartz to accept. Walker even threatened to call the Hornets to accept it himself. Charlotte, however, eventually offered a four-year, $48 million extension that was accepted. 

As Walker approaches a pivotal free agency, he talked about his love for Charlotte.

"These guys believed in me," Walker said. "I couldn't care less about big markets. That's not who I am. I want to make this place big. I want to be in the playoffs every year. I want to make Charlotte pop."

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Michael Jordan 'Hellbent' On Re-Signing Kemba Walker

Nov 19, 2018 11:26 AM

Kemba Walker will be one of the most prominent free agents on the 2019 market, but the Charlotte Hornets appear to be the heavy favorites to re-sign him.

"Michael Jordan is fully focused and hellbent, really, to re-sign Kemba Walker," said Shams Charania on Stadium.

Charania also reported that teams around the NBA expect Walker to re-sign with the Hornets. Walker, for his part, also is believed to prefer to remain with the Hornets.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Hornets Hoping To Re-Sign Kemba Walker

Nov 7, 2018 12:24 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have consistently sent the message to teams that they are committed to contending for a playoff berth with Kemba Walker.

Michael Jordan would like to re-sign Walker this offseason.

Walker is currently in the final season of a four-year, $48 million extension.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Nikola Jokic, Kemba Walker Named NBA Players Of The Week

Oct 22, 2018 4:01 PM

The NBA has announced that Nikola Jokic and Kemba Walker have been named the Players of the Week.

Jokić becomes the first player to win the award in the 2018-19 season and has now earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors three times in his career, doing so twice last season.

Jokić, 23, averaged 26.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.67 steals and 1.00 blocks while helping the Nuggets start the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season. He also shot .632 from the field and .500 from three during this stretch. He became the first player ever to record a 30+ point triple-double on 11 or fewer FG attempts.

During the week, Walker, who led the Hornets to a 2-1 record, ranked first in the NBA in points per game (35.3) and three-point field goals per game (6.3). He also averaged 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, and shot .487 percent from the field, .500 percent from the three-point line and .765 percent from the free throw line during the week. Walker’s 41 points on opening night is the only 40-plus point game in the NBA so far this season.

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Nikola Jokic, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Award

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Hornets Convert Joe Chealey To Two-Way Deal

Oct 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have converted the contract of Joe Chealey to a two-way deal.

Chealey went undrafted in 2018 out of Charleston.

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Hornets Announce Basketball Operations Hires

Sep 25, 2018 5:06 PM

Nate Mitchell, George Rodman, Matt Carroll, Gary Sacks, Kevin Grevey, Anthony Gacona, Quinton Crawford and Alexander Powell to the team’s basketball operations staff. Additionally, Drew Perry, David Duquette, Jakub Kudlacek, Phil Park and Jon Moul have all been retained in new roles.

Nate Mitchell joins the Charlotte Hornets as an Assistant Coach, bringing four years of coaching experience at the G League level and international coaching experience with the Canadian Men’s National team. 

George Rodman comes to the Charlotte Hornets for his first season as Director of Basketball Analytics & Strategy after spending five years with the Orlando Magic.

Matt Carroll enters his first season as Director of Player Programs/Player Development Assistant. Carroll brings ten years of NBA playing experience having spent seven seasons in Charlotte as well as time in Portland, San Antonio and Dallas.

Gary Sacks joins the Hornets as a Scout after previously working with the Los Angeles Clippers for more than 20 seasons. Sacks worked in a variety of scouting and basketball operations roles including rising to the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel from 2012 to 2014 and serving as the Assistant General Manager until 2017.

Anthony Gacona returns to the team as a Scout, a role he previously served in from 2012 to 2015. Kevin Grevey joins the team as a Scout after previously having served as a Scout for the Los Angeles Lakers for the last 17 seasons.

Quinton Crawford joins the Hornets organization as the Head Video Coordinator. 

Alexander Powell joins the Hornets as a Basketball Analyst after finishing a four-year playing career at Kenyon College. 

The Hornets Basketball Operations staff additions also include Justin Jordan, Brett Levy, Jackson Simmons and Jordan Surenkamp as Assistant Video Coordinators. 

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders

Sep 19, 2018 1:17 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award numbers for the Hawks (4:41), Knicks (9:40), Bulls (12:44), Cavs (16:02), Magic (28:57), Nets (33:12), Hornets (40:34), Pistons (47:37), Heat (54:34), Wizards (58:45), Pacers (1:02:37), Bucks (1:10:22), 76ers (1:18:16), Raptors (1:31:27) and Celtics (1:41:47).

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RealGM Radio: Andrew Sharp, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division

Sep 15, 2018 3:47 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Mike Prada of SB Nation (@MikePradaSBN) and Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated (@andrewsharp) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

They discuss how the Heat, Wizards, Magic, Hornets and Hawks fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Joe Wolf Named Head Coach Of Greensboro Swarm

Sep 10, 2018 9:06 PM

Joe Wolf has been named head coach of the Greensboro Swarm of the G-League.

The Swarm are the G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets.

“We are excited to have Coach Wolf join our organization,” Mitch Kupchak said. “Joe has a wealth of experience at the collegiate and professional level and knows what it takes to develop young players. Coach Wolf will be an integral part of the program we are building. He is familiar with the region’s passion for basketball and we are excited for him to lead the Swarm in Greensboro.”

Wolf played collegiately at North Carolina.

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Suns Have Tried To Trade For Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier
Kemba Walker and Terry Rozier both project to be free agents in 2019.

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Hornets Waive Mangok Mathiang
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Tony Parker Initiated Move To Bench Role
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Hornets Have Tony Parker On $5.25M Non-Guaranteed Deal For 19-20
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Hornets Agree To Sign Isaiah Wilkins To Camp Deal
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Kemba Walker Planning On Remaining With Hornets For Long Time
Kemba Walker is entering the final season of his contract earning $12 million.

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Malik Monk Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Right Thumb
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Hornets, Magic, Bulls Agree Upon Three-Team Trade
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Tony Parker Disputes Way Relationship With Kawhi Leonard Has Been Portrayed
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Warriors Internally Rejected Idea Of Signing Dwight Howard
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Hornets Decline To Tender Qualifying Offer To Treveon Graham
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Hornets Still Want To Build Around Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker cannot sign an extension with the Hornets before he becomes a free agent in 2019 due to cap issues.

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
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Dwight Howard Traded By Hornets To Nets For Timofey Mozgov, Two 2nd Rounders
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Cavaliers Interested In Trading For Kemba Walker
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Hornets Hire Ronald Nored As Assistant Coach
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Hornets Hire Jay Hernandez As Assistant Coach
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Hornets Hire Jay Triano As James Borrego's Top Assistant Coach
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Suns Win 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, Kings At No. 2, Hawks At No. 3
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ESPN, Netflix Announce 10-Hour Documentary On Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan has signed off on his participation on the project.

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