To us, getting an offer of $160M would garner a yes and a signature before the person could stop speaking.
To Kemba Walker, that was a very disrespectful figure.
Point guard Kemba Walker of The Charlotte Hornets did more than enough to qualify for a super-max contract this off season. He has completed eight seasons in the NBA and has made an all-NBA team during his career.
Instead of receiving an offer with a super-max contract worth a projected $221 million over 5 years, the Hornets lowballed Kemba to the point he informed the Hornets and Michael Jordan of his plans going forward, according to Stephen A. Smith.
“My sources tell me that Kemba Walker has informed the Charlotte Hornets and Michael Jordan he does not want to be there. He was offered a five-year deal. It wasn’t the super-max deal he was qualified for. It was somewhere in the ballpark of 160-plus million.”
That is a $60 million difference in money, so yes, it is very disrespectful to think anybody would leave that amount of money on the table.
With Kyrie Irving all but out of the door with the Boston Celtics, the franchise has already moved on to grab their next star and they have Kemba in their sights.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski believes the Celtics have the best chance to sign him.
“When free agency opens on Sunday night, the Celtics have emerged as a strong front runner to sign Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets.”
He still won’t be receiving a max deal as the Celtics can only offer him a 4 year $141 million deal, which would still leave about $19 million on the table.