Charlotte Hornets' Mitch Kupchak 'doesn't regret' keeping Kemba Walker at the deadline
The Charlotte Hornets’ general manager Mitch Kupchak told a group of reporters that he “doesn’t regret” that he did not trade new Boston Celtics All-Star Kemba Walker before he hit free agency, according to the Associated Press.
The Celtics and Hornets made the double sign-and-trade for Walker and Terry Rozier official Saturday.
In the Associated Press article, Kupchak said:
“I'm not sure that we could have done better six months or a year ago in a trade," Kupchak said.
Kemba Walker was 1 of 2 NBA players to compete in all 82 games in 2018-19 while averaging at least 25.0 points and 5.0 assists (Beal) https://t.co/4kft2EpldL
I find this hard to believe, Walker was on the All-NBA Third Team with stats like those last year and making just $12 million for the year. He could have garnered at least two first rounders from a team in need of a point guard in contention.
Of course, those may have not been a “lottery pick player”, which is what Kupchak called Rozier, but two firsts is better than a point guard making $57 million who has questionable shot-taking skills.
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