The Charlotte Hornets embarrassingly mismanaged the only great asset they had in Kemba Walker

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NBA free agency started with a bang on Sunday with plenty of talented players either re-signing with their team or taking their talents to a new city.

One of the biggest names to change teams at the start of free agency was former Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, who after eight seasons with the club, opted to sign with the Boston Celtics on a four-year deal worth $141 million.

Keeping Walker was never going to be easy for the Hornets. Charlotte was already strapped for cash due to some painful contracts still on the books. And thanks to his All-NBA selection this year, Walker was eligible for a super-max contract from the Hornets that could have paid him as much as $221 million over five years.

But according to the Charlotte Observer, the Hornets offer was for roughly $160 million over five years — a lower annual salary than his deal with the Celtics by more than $3 million.

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