This offseason is set to be a crucial one for the Los Angeles Lakers. With several premier free agents on the table, the team is looking to pair one with LeBron James while keeping their eyes set on a potential trade for Anthony Davis, as well.
One of the max level free agents that could be on the move this summer is Kemba Walker. The Charlotte Hornets point guard is firmly in his prime and with little team success in Charlotte, many expect him to seek a new home.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are “very interested” in being that new destination for the 29-year-old.
Walker is not one of the best free agents on the market but with the Lakers seemingly not being in the lead for anyone at this point, he would be a great consolation prize, for lack of a better term. Notably, he would be a great fit as a secondary creator and shooter next to LeBron and could be a great backcourt duo with Lonzo Ball if the latter is retained.
Of course, Walker would have to forego the supermax contract he can sign with the Hornets this summer and he has been open about his preference being staying in Charlotte. But a partnership with James (and potentially Davis if a trade is completed before free agency and the draft, as is rumored) could be enough to convince the All-NBA guard if the Lakers strike out on their preferred targets.
Stupid move by the Lakers and Rob Lowe Pelinka. Kemba Walker isn’t a superstar, yet he wants superstar money. Walker played for a lousy team in a lousy division. He isn’t that great. He’s not worth the money he demands.