While everybody will be wondering where Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will end up in NBA free agency, Kemba Walker is another name soon to hit the open market. One of the top point guards in the league who is often forgot about due to playing for the struggling Charlotte Hornets, he could really turn a lucky team into a contender this upcoming season.
Here are five teams Kemba should consider joining this summer.
Charlotte Hornets - The Charlotte Hornets haven’t proven they know how to run a team, they’re loaded with bad contracts and there’s very little talent to win now or in the near future. There’s really no reason to sign with the Hornets other than it being what he’s used to and not wanting to leave his comfort zone. Kemba said back in April that Charlotte is where he wants to be, so I have to believe him until proven otherwise. Some players are loyal to the core, and while they would like to win, they’re fine building a legacy and being one of the greats who never jumped ship. I want Kemba to leave for an actual winning situation, as there’s no future with the Hornets and he’s not getting any younger with him now 29 years old, but a return is still possible.
New York Knicks - Kemba is from The Bronx, went to Rice High School and took his talents next-door to UConn. He’s a New York guy through and through and seeing him light up MSG would make the Knicks watchable for the first time in years. The Knicks have a ton of cap space this offseason and will certainly be looking to spend it. Of course, all of this changes if the rumors are true of Kyrie and Durant coming to the mecca. However, Kemba is a strong consolation prize and would certainly make the Knicks a playoff contender in the East this upcoming season.
Utah Jazz - The Utah Jazz have a lot of intriguing pieces in place to be a title contender, they’re just missing that star who can kind of get them over the hump. Kemba would open the floor for the rest of the Jazz players and take a lot of pressure off young superstar Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz have the coach, defense and role players to give any team in the West a scare. They just don’t have enough scoring or an extra guy who can close games in the fourth quarter. It’s tough to sell Utah to star players, but the foundation is in place and the Jazz are a team ready to make a serious leap. Kemba could put the Jazz over the top.
Los Angeles Lakers - If LeBron James is going to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, he needs help. A move to LA would allow Kemba to build his brand while being thrown into a winning situation. Take a lot of the workload off LeBron and give the talented kids a chance to succeed. While Lonzo Ball has his place in the league and Rajon Rondo wasn’t terrible last year, Kemba is a serious upgrade at the position and can set everybody else up the way they didn’t. All of a sudden Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram don’t have to work so hard for their shots and the future looks a lot brighter in Los Angeles. If LeBron doesn’t rekindle his relationship with Kyrie, he should give Kemba a call.
Dallas Mavericks - The Dallas Mavericks know they’re not getting Klay Thompson, Durant or Kyrie, so they reportedly have their interest in the second tier players like Khris Middleton and Kemba. A backcourt of Kemba and Luka Doncic? Yes, please. The shotmaking skills from those two would make the Mavs one of the top League Pass teams on a nightly basis, and a healthy Kristaps Porzingis turns this franchise into a non-playoff team to a squad nobody wants to see come April. This addition makes the Mavericks fun again and gives them an offense that can go toe-to-toe with any in the league. I’m here for it.