Last offseason, the Charlotte Hornets opted not to offer Kemba Walker the full super-max contract for which he was eligible, paving the way for his exit to the Boston Celtics in free agency.
This offseason, the Hornets found some room in the budget — with some finagling, which included stretching the final year on Nic Batum’s enormous contract — to pay Walker’s former teammate Gordon Hayward a staggering four-year, $120 million deal.
So after Walker spent the first eight years of his career in Charlotte, does he bear any ill will toward the Hornets who opted to pay Hayward instead of him?
“Nah,” Walker said on Wednesday, drawing out the word for emphasis. “I could care less. I’m in the place I’m supposed to be. This is all God’s work, man. I can’t control none of that stuff. I can only control what I can. And Gordon, that’s my brother. My brother, man. I spoke to him during the process and I’m happy for him. I’m happy. Whatever makes somebody happy in this league, that’s what it’s about. It’s not about anybody else.
“I made my choice to come here to Boston because this is where I wanted to be because it makes me happy. And G, he’s happy. I’m sure he’s happy. He’s going to have a great time in Charlotte. It’s a great place to be, it’s a great city, great fans, they love basketball. They’re going to…