Kemba: ‘Would Take Less’ To Stay With Hornets

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

The Hornets can offer Walker, their all-time leading scorer, a five-year contract worth up to that amount. Other NBA teams can offer only 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.

Asked if he’s confident he’ll be back with Charlotte, Walker said: “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.”