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Kemba Walker has enjoyed his best start to a season of his entire career so far. He currently leads the NBA in points per game with 29.6 including 60 and 43 points in back-to-back games. The Hornets are playing better than expected and currently sit in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. 

While it's great to see Walker having a career year, history in sports tells us players tend to play better in their contract years. Walker will indeed be an unrestricted free agent this summer and his future in Charlotte is in question, to say the least. 

While everyone has a reason to play well the season before they become a free agent, this season is extra special for Kemba for one reason: the supermax contract. 

The supermax contract has only been offered to four players in the NBA since its creation in 2017 in response to Kevin Durant's departure to the Warriors. The deal is only eligible for players who have made an All-NBA team coming off their rookie deal extension all with the team that drafted them. It allows the team to offer a contract with a starting point of 35 percent of the annual salary cap. 

John Wall, James Harden, Steph Curry, and Russell Westbrook all accepted the deal when offered. If the Hornets intend to keep Walker in Charlotte, he will have to become the fifth. 

Of course that all depends if he can keep this great year going and make an All-NBA team. Then again, hard to find more motivation than $200M.

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