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|General manager Mitch Kupchak wants point guard Kemba Walker to end his NBA career right where it started – with the Charlotte Hornets.Kupchak said Friday that Walker is ”revered” in the Charlotte community Authentic Kemoko Turay Jersey , and that he and owner Michael Jordan look at the two-time All-Star as ”the focal point of this franchise going forward.”
The 28-year-old Walker has been the subject of possible NBA trade talks as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract with the Hornets. That speculation has amped up recently because it is a practical impossibility for Charlotte to sign Walker to an extension before he becomes a free agent in July of 2019 since the Hornets are so tight under the salary cap.
”I think everybody is aware of the situation, if you follow basketball a little bit, it is unique that he is on an extension that may make it a challenge going forward to figure out before he becomes a free agent,” Kupchak said.
At $12 million per year Reuben Foster Jersey Limited , Walker well underpaid when compared to the other top point guards in the league.
But that doesn’t mean Kupchak is giving up hope the team can keep Walker in Charlotte.
”I don’t think it is anybody’s goal to lose him in free agency,” Kupchak said. ”But going forward, in the community, in the franchise Da'Ron Payne Jersey Redskins , this is a player that we hope is with us – not only for the next couple of years, but ends his career here.”
The Hornets don’t have much experience behind Walker at point guard.
They have last year’s first-round draft pick Malik Monk and drafted Devonte Graham from Kansas in the second round on Thursday night.
Graham said he is excited to pick Walker’s brain when it comes to basketball.
”I have never met him, but I remember watching him play when he was at UConn though,” Graham said. ”I’m just excited man to learn from someone like that and just be around someone like that who is winner Oren Burks Jersey Packers , and knows how to win and compete. I am looking forward to being able to learn from him.”
The Mariners placed starting catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day disabled list Thursday due to a bruised left ankle.
Manager Scott Servais said Zunino rolled his ankle running the bases late in Seattle’s 7-4 loss Wednesday to the Los Angeles Angels.
Zunino was immediately sent in for X-rays on Thursday, and had his foot immobilized in a boot in the clubhouse before the series finale.
”It’s not good news,” Servais said.
Chris Herrmann takes over as the starting catcher, and David Freitas was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to serve as the backup.
Zunino is batting .189 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs this season. He is just 2 for 13 during the Mariners’ current homestand Jaguars Authentic Jerseys , but came on as a pinch hitter Wednesday, and got a hit and walked.
Zunino spent three weeks on the DL earlier in the season with a strained left oblique.