In potential Kemba Walker trade, Hornets risk losing more than just franchise star

Kemba Walker took shot after shot Friday on a side hoop at the Spectrum Center practice court. Floater in the paint, layup on the right block with the inside hand, layup on the left block off the wrong foot, corner 3-pointer. He’s a professional basketball player, pure and simple, and this was just another day to work on his craft.

Attaching Walker’s bargain contract — he makes $12 million this season and next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2019 — to an expensive piece like Nic Batum, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Marvin Williams would allow the Hornets to clear space while, ideally, netting a young prospect or first-round draft pick.

Kidd compiled a 139-152 record overall, leading the Bucks to the playoffs in 2015 and 2017. However, the Bucks have gone 4-7 in January and dropped to eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. That was a factor in the front office’s final decision, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will serve as the interim head coach for Monday night’s game against the Suns, but who will be at the helm for the long-term future? Here are 10 candidates the Bucks will likely consider in their search for a new head coach.

During the last few weeks, a lot has happened to me, and I would like to share some of it with you guys. Additionally, we’ll start our #AskTheis segment, and you can see at the end of the blog whether your question has made the cut. Enjoy reading!

A personal highlight was the NBA London Game against the 76ers. Everything was well-organized, so we had a really good time, and I was obviously happy that we were able to win and head back to Boston on a positive note. We would have loved to explore the city a bit more and do some sightseeing, but due to practice and PR sessions, our schedule was packed already. Media attention was incredible, and there were a lot of celebrities at the game, notably famous football figures like Julian Draxler, Kevin de Bruyne and Sir Alex Ferguson. I was very thankful to be able to experience an event like that.

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