Now, according to several sources, it feels like they're ready to start from scratch once again, and have even made their All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade talks. The Hornets have openly said that they are open to trading Walker for the right price, but do the Pistons have the players and cap relief that the Hornets are looking for? Michael Jordan's team last made the playoffs in 2016 as the 6-seed, bowing out of the first round in a competitive seven-game.
Kemba Walker thinks the Charlotte Hornets can still be a playoff team, and the All-Star point guard would like to be around to see that happen.
For that reason, they are looking to shake things up and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the biggest change they could make may involve star player Kemba Walker. Walker has set down deep roots in the community and is now building a new home here. "Also, we've been asking about players", Jordan said.
"It's not like we are shopping him", said Jordan. "We're all creating for each other to get the best shots possible and whenever we did we just knocked them in tonight". All six players combine for $88.3 million, with none being named an All-Star. But I'm telling you I like everything about Kemba's work.
Jordan said several factors beyond the team's control - coach Steve Clifford's six-week medical leave, the early-season injury to Nic Batum and the ankle sprain that cost rookie Malik Monk summer preparation - all contributed to the team's record: Seven games below.500 and four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, now held by the Philadelphia 76ers at 22-21. He almost recorded a double-double as he tallied nine assists as well.More news: The most promising 2018 Oscar nominees
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Jordan said retaining top-end talent such as Walker is particularly important in a smaller market such as Charlotte, because it is not a given here that the Hornets can recruit elite free agents. It's going to take some combination of good young players and picks that can jumpstart a rebuild, and in the Hornets case they want to attach one of their bad contracts (such as Marvin Williams).
"I'm telling you I believe in my team", Jordan concluded.
"I'd be pretty upset", Walker told reporters when asked about it.
The Orlando Magic are reportedly trying to find a new home for Elfrid Payton, and considering how poorly he's fared ever since entering the league, well, they're most likely not going to miss him much anyways.