Per ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski, in an effort to free up money, the Hornets are "encouraging teams to make offers and appear eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade where another team takes on one of the Hornets' several far less desirable contracts."
Wojnarowski specifically noted Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have already been made available by the Hornets, but "those players and their contracts are largely unattractive in the marketplace."
Batum is in the second year of a five-year, $120 million deal he signed in 2016. Howard is owed $23.5 million next season. Williams will make $29.1 million over the next two years after the 2017-18 season. Kidd-Gilchrist has a $13 million salary in 2018-19 with a player option at $13 million for 2019-20.
"I would definitely be devastated if I was to get traded," Walker said when asked about the rumors, via Dan Feldman of NBC Sports.
The Hornets enter play Friday with an 18-25 record. They are currently four games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the final playoff spot in the East.
An All-Star for the first time in his career last year, Walker leads the Hornets in scoring (21.7 points per game), assists (5.8) and steals (1.2) this season. The 27-year-old has averaged at least 20 points per game in each of the last three seasons.
Contract info via HoopsHype.