The Dallas Mavericks seem to have all bases covered particularly in their backcourt. However, that doesn’t mean Mark Cuban is not keeping tabs with the NBA free agent market this coming summer, loaded with big names.
While most are abuzz on Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker is another unheralded name in the mix. And if reports are true, the Mavs may try to lure the 28-year-old guard out of Charlotte. Seeing that Walker has repeatedly made it known he would prefer to stay a Hornet, anything could change moving forward.
“This is where I want to be. I don’t want to be nowhere else. I want to create something special here in Charlotte, something we’ve never had here,” said Walker.
Despite that stance, there is no telling what the Mavs could dangle for Walker. Whatever it is, expect the Mavs to come up with something tempting if reports from the Charlotte Observer are to be believed.
Walker may want to take a look at what the Mavs have put together. They have a promising young guard in Luka Doncic and they did acquire Kristaps Porzingis recently in a trade with the New York Knicks. With youth obviously present, Cuban and company could be looking for a veteran to lead the young pack. The 9th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft could be that guy.
And while Walker feels that he could make a difference leading the Hornets, he could have an easier time doing that in Dallas. The Mavs have put together a band of young players, each hungry but obviously lacking in experience and leadership. At any rate, Walker could end up being the top dog and help out head coach Rick Carlisle in molding the younger players on their end.
To seal the deal, money matters also come to play. Walker is currently the sixth highest paid player in Charlotte and is set to bring home $12 million in the final year of his $48 million contract, Sporting News reported. He is likely to get something larger than that next season and the Mavs may have to put that into consideration.
Walker has been an NBA All-Star for three consecutive seasons and holds averages of 24.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game this season. With those numbers and accomplishments, there is no doubt that Kemba is worth investing in – something other teams are likely studying as well at the moment.