Charlotte Hornets: Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker is the Charlotte Hornets’ best player (by a mile), and he’ll only make $12 million next season. nfl cheap jerseys But if the Hornets are smart, he’ll be collecting that money from another team.

It’s a cold, cruel, unpalatable approach, but the Hornets are crammed with bad money that has produced back-to-back 36-win seasons. That’s not good enough, and the only way to make it better is to unload some of that cash. If the Hornets could attach Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Marvin Williams’ deals to Walker’s bargain of a salary, they might be able to clear the decks. Walker’s free agency looms in 2019, and he’ll no longer be so affordable then.nfl jerseys cheap china

And there’s also the possibility he’d walk for nothing, even if he’s been nothing but loyal to this point.

The Hornets, if they ride this out for another year, risk paying max or near-max money to a smallish point guard starting in his age-29 season. nfl jerseys That’s not a value play; ask the Memphis Grizzlies how they feel about spending big on Mike Conley.

In a perfect world, Charlotte would absolutely keep Walker and move on from one of its other inferior starters. We haven’t even mentioned Dwight Howard. But the crippling financial situation and the ticking clock on Walker’s free agency mean difficult decisions have to be made. He’s the only guy another team would want, and shopping him is the way to get rid of players Charlotte should never have paid so much for in the first place.