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.
Sources: 76ers Rejected Suns’ Trade Offer for TJ McConnell
The Phoenix Suns approached the Sixers in recent weeks about acquiring [TJ] McConnell in a trade, according to several league sources. The Suns offered a second-round pick and the Sixers declined the offer.
In desperate need of a point guard, Phoenix reportedly also expressed interest in Patrick Beverly of the Los Angeles Clippers, Cory Joseph of the Indiana Pacers and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.
Report: Nuggets, Michael Malone Agree to Contract Extension
Sources: Pelicans Claim Tim Frazier Off Waivers
Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The New Orleans Pelicans have claimed guard Tim Frazier off waivers. Frazier was waived by Milwaukee on Monday.
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