Hornets' Cody Zeller jokingly starts lemonade stand fundraiser to keep Kemba Walker in Charlotte

Cody Zeller is taking an interesting approach to free agency.

The Hornets big man posted a picture of himself behind a lemonade stand Saturday, joking if it raised $221 million the team could afford to keep star point guard Kemba Walker, who is entering the summer as an unrestricted free agent.

“Only one month until free agency starts in the NBA! Fundraising has already begun though,” Zeller wrote.

Walker, 29, was named to the All-NBA third team in 2018-19, making him eligible for a supermax contract. He averaged a career-high 25.6 points and 5.9 assists for the Hornets but couldn’t help them reach the postseason.

The star guard says Charlotte is his “first priority” when it comes to his decision though. Walker has spent his entire career with the Hornets since being drafted in 2011. He’s played alongside Zeller since 2013.

The Lakers, Magic, Pacers and Knicks are all expected to make runs at the New York native in one of the most exciting offseasons in recent years. The services of stars like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving could also be up for grabs.

Charlotte finished ninth in the Eastern Conference and will pick 12th in the 2019 NBA Draft.