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Michael Jordan: Hornets ‘not looking to trade’ Kemba Walker

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Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan said Monday night he’s not looking to trade point guard Kemba Walker, and would do so only if the return included a major All-Star, such as the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard.

“We bred him, we chose him, we groomed him to be a good player for us,” Jordan said of Walker, who the Hornets drafted ninth overall in 2011, to a great extent because Jordan saw traits in Walker that reminded him of his own playing career.

“I’m not looking to trade Kemba, but I would listen to opportunities.”

As Jordan pointed out, his team has underachieved. An expensive veteran roster — they traded for future Hall of Fame center Dwight Howard in June — hasn’t clicked as a group on a regular basis. Jordan said there have been eight to 10 games this season he feels the Hornets should have won and didn’t.

Walker was clearly rattled Friday, following practice, when asked about the reports his name has been discussed in a possible trade. He said he would be “devastated” if the Hornets dealt him after six-plus seasons here. Walker has set down deep roots in the community and is currently building a new home here.

Walker, 27, said Friday his ultimate goal would be to play his entire career in Charlotte, which he now considers home.

Source: Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: ‘Increasing expectation’ Chris Paul Will Start Season with Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.

Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.

The market expands on Dec. 15, when players who signed offseason free-agent deals can become eligible to be included in trade packages.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Report: Reggie Bullock Undergoes Surgery on Cervical Disc Herniation

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Medical Update: Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.

Source: New York Knicks on Twitter

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Sources: Cameron Payne, Raptors Agree to Deal

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Guard Cameron Payne has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell
@TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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