Kemba Walker has seen NBA basketball in Charlotte at its worst. He’s willing to stick around to see it at its best.

The diminutive point guard said that’s why he agreed to a contract extension Thursday which allows him to remain with the Hornets instead of testing the free agent market.

“Now that we’re a good team, I want to keep us good,” Walker said Thursday at a news conference at the team’s downtown arena. “I want to be in the middle of that.”

Walker signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension with the Hornets, a person familiar with the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because the deal had not been announced publicly.

The Hornets drafted the 6-foot-1 Walker with the ninth pick in 2011. He has started 180 games in three seasons and averages 16 points, 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

DEBUT — NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is set to make his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Leonard missed the final six preseason games and the season opener against Dallas due to an infection in his right eye.

The 23-year-old Leonard averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals for the Spurs last season while shooting 52 percent from the field. But he really blossomed in the playoffs as the Spurs rolled to their fifth championship.

In the final three games of San Antonio’s finals victory over Miami, Leonard averaged 23.7 points and 9.3 rebounds and shot 68.6 percent to earn MVP honors.

GOLDEN MOVES — The Golden State Warriors have picked up the fourth-year options on the contracts of forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for next season.

The Warriors also announced that they declined the third-year option on guard Nemanja Nedovic’s deal for next season. He was the only player on the active roster who did not play in Golden State’s season-opening 95-77 win at Sacramento on Wednesday night.

Barnes is averaging 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Ezeli played in 79 games, including 41 starts, as a rookie before missing last season recovering from surgery on his right knee.

HIRED — The NBA has hired former Wasserman Media Group executive Malcolm Turner to be the president of its Development League.

Turner interned for the NBA while he was in school at Harvard and most recently worked as managing director of Wasserman’s golf division.