4. Kemba Walker
In basketball, as well as in many other aspects of life, there’s just no place like home. It may take you a while to accept it, but when it’s all said and done, home is where the heart is.
Kemba Walker, a New York City native, could be offered a max contract by the Knicks to try to entice him to join a young and promising team. Even though the Charlotte Hornets can certainly offer him more money than anyone in the league, they have failed to surround him with sufficient talent to work with over and over again and it appears the Boston Celtics are the new frontrunners, per ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski.
However, if that union falls apart, Kemba could be closer to his roots in the Bronx, and could form a formidable partnership with R.J. Barrett, Kevin Knox and the rest of the young guns on the Knicks roster. They could also attract top role players to fill out the lineup, something Charlotte has long struggled with.
Walker is already familiar with playing at Madison Square Garden, as in 2011 he gifted us with one of the most entertaining March Madness performances ever:
Walker is just coming off a career-best season in Charlotte, having averaged 25.6 points and 5.9 assists per game. He is a very reliable scorer with no major injury issues, as he has missed just 51 regular season games in his eight seasons in the league. If the Celtics don’t close the deal, the Knicks should strike.