Kemba Walker was born and attended high school in New York. He’s a free agent this summer. Both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will have cap space. You do the math.
Actually, on second thought, don’t do the math. Walker has already declared his allegiance to the Charlotte Hornets once this summer, and now, he’s done it again. Speaking with JJ Redick on his podcast for Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical, Walker downplayed the importance of coming “home” and reiterated that he’s comfortable in Charlotte (h/t HoopsHype):
JJ Redick: “As you’ve seen this summer, this notion of player loyalty gets thrown out. So in the back of your mind, I understand what you’re saying publicly, but there’s gotta be a part of you that’s basically like, ‘I gotta do what’s best for me.’”Kemba Walker: “I think at some point, it’s gonna come down to that – it’s gonna come down to be making the best decision for me and my family. But at this particular moment, at this time, Charlotte is where I want to be. It’s the team that gave me my first opportunity. I just want to give back to the community, to the organization, just like I’ve done, but I want to continue to do it. I just want to help the organization become successful, and I think I can. You can count on your hand how many times we’ve been to the playoffs – we really haven’t been successful. I want to be one of the guys that helps that organization really become successful, I want to be in the playoffs every single year. And that’s a huge part of why I don’t want to leave.”JJ Redick: “This week, you did the NBPA camp, and the New York media asked you about playing at home… I feel like this notion, of playing at home, a lot of guys don’t want to do it. Why do you think that is?”Kemba Walker: “I think it’s just hard coming back home. New York is New York. I’m from here. But you know, I’m just very comfortable in Charlotte. That’s why I gave [the media] those answers. Charlotte was the first team to give me my opportunity out of college, and during the draft, I had no idea where I was going. So I get asked questions about New York all the time, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’ I’ve been on one team my whole entire career so far and I’ll be a free agent next season, so, we’ll see.”