The Charlotte Hornets were one of the most improved teams last season.
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After hiring head coach Steve Clifford and signing veteran big man Al Jefferson, the Hornets finished 43-39 and returned to the postseason. Although they were defeated by the Miami Heat in a four-game sweep, there is a lot to be excited about in Charlotte.
Another big reason for their success has been the development of point guard Kemba Walker.
The Hornets would like to lock down Walker long-term and have until October 31 to agreed to an extension or he will become a restricted free agent next summer.
According to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer, Walker and the Hornets have had initial extension talks.
Getting Walker extended would be a great move for the Hornets. With he and their prized free agent signing, guard Lance Stephenson, locked up for the next few years, that could go a long way towards getting Jefferson, who can opt out of the final year of his contract after the 2014-2015 season. Walker is developing into a very good player and influencing Jefferson could be a nice added bonus.
Walker put up 17.7 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 39.3% from the floor, 33.3% from beyond the arc and 83.7% from the free throw line last season. In his three-year career, the ninth-overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, has put up 16.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 39.8% from the field, 32.2% from three and 81.0% from the charity stripe.
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