• Charlotte Hornets' Walker says he'd take less than $221M to re-sign

    By: STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three-time All-Star point guard Kemba Walker says he'd be willing to work with the Hornets and take less than the "supermax" $221 million contract he's eligible to receive to re-sign with Charlotte.

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    The Hornets can offer Walker, their all-time leading scorer, a five-year contract worth up to $221 million. Other NBA teams can only offer a four-year deal worth $140 million.

    "Yeah, why not? I would take less, for sure," Walker said Thursday.

    Walker says the Hornets remain his "first priority," but he plans to meet with other interested teams before making a decision on his future.

    NBA free agency begins June 30.

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    Asked if he's confident he'll be back with Charlotte, Walker says: "I have no clue. ... This is where I want to be and if it doesn't work out, it just doesn't. I'm prepared."

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