Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
Kemba Walker is the only real reason fans should tune in to watch Charlotte these days, he's also the only player the Hornets need to trade to fully show they're intent to rebuild.
Over the past 3 seasons there have been only six point guards to put up 20 points per game, 5 assists and two 3's per game. The list unsurprisingly has Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, and Isaiah Thomas, but it also has Kemba Walker. While it's obvious Kemba isn't on the level of Curry, Westbrook, or Irving, he's definitely on part with Lillard and the Boston Celtics version of IT. Kemba is still a high quality point guard in this league and his value is still high, which is why he should be traded before the season begins.
The Hornets are obviously planning a full rebuild as shown by bringing in new GM Mitch Kupchak and the questionable salary dump of Dwight Howard. On draft night the Hornets had, for a very brief time, their rookie replacement for Kemba Walker in Gilgeous-Alexander, but then traded for another wing player. With a decent amount of young prospects but with aging starters, some on bloated contracts, it's obvious Charlotte needs to start making room somehow as well as acquire more draft picks or even talent.
While it would be very difficult to move the horrendous Nic Batum contract by itself, attaching Kemba Walker would be an obvious solution. In return the Hornets would clear some cap space, acquire picks and hopefully some other young talent. Trading Kemba would also at least give him a chance to win, something he's not had in Charlotte during his tenure there.
The most talked about suitor for Kemba has been the Cleveland Cavaliers and it makes obvious sense. Cleveland needs to acquire some star power to try and keep Lebron James from leaving and adding Kemba would help lessen the load that Lebron carried every night this past season. A trade for Kemba to Cleveland wouldn't be easy though, as the Cavaliers aren't exactly rich with assets or desirable pieces.
In the end Kemba Walker may be stuck playing out his contract in Charlotte, as GM Mitch Kupchak most recently stated he has not plans to trade or lose Kemba in free agency. It's an odd statement as the 28 year old Walker doesn't fit the mold of a rebuilding team; Kemba's value is also still very high and Charlotte needs all the assets it can get to do a proper rebuild. All I know is that Charlotte needs to do Kemba Walker right and give him a chance to win, he deserves it instead of wasting away in Charlotte for nothing.