GM Mitch Kupchak says he wants Kemba Walker to play entire career with Hornets

The Hornets don’t want Kemba Walker to ever play for another NBA team.

Charlotte selected Walker with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft and he has played all seven of his professional seasons with the franchise.

Walker has one season remaining on the four-year, $48 million contract he signed with the Hornets in October 2014 and the Cavaliers have reportedly inquired about trading for the 28-year-old point guard.

Then there’s the 76ers. With Bryan Colangelo no longer at the helm and head coach Brett Brown running the personnel show, Philadelphia executed a Sam Hinkie-esque trade to acquire Zhaire Smith and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-rounder from Phoenix for Mikal Bridges.

We are star hunting, Brown said of the decision. Or we are star developing. That’s how you win a championship.

Smith was the right prospect to bet on if that’s the goal, and the Sixers got a future asset out of the deal, too.

Harris blossomed into a key contributor in Kenny Atkinson’s system, and my projections had him among this year’s top 30 free agents. Despite that, I would have been tempted to see whether Atkinson could repeat the trick with another castoff rather than pay Harris like a quality reserve.

On the plus side, the Nets can now pitch potential additions on the chance to follow in Harris’ footsteps and get rewarded the way he did.

Presumably anticipating the market tightening for centers, Davis grabbed a one-year deal that will probably end up coming out of the Nets’ room midlevel exception.

The Celtics got better play than they could have reasonably expected last season from Baynes, who proved a key part of the league’s best defense. With Baynes on the court, Boston Cheap Jerseys USA allowed just 97.0 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA Advanced Stats, as compared Cheap Jerseys Wholesale to a 104.3 defensive rating with Baynes on the bench.

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