The Celtics may have found a replacement for Kyrie Irving. New York Times NBA Reporter Marc Stein reported via Twitter this afternoon that they Celtics are “stealth suitors” for Charlotte Hornets free agent guard Kemba Walker.
The Celtics, I'm told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
So much for “stealth” now. Stein believes the Celtics and Dallas are the two prime spots outside of Charlotte where Walker could end up.
Walker – who was voted to the All-NBA third team this past season – is eligible for a super-max contract from the Hornets. That means that Charlotte will be able to offer him more money than other competitors. Question is will they?
For the Celtics this makes sense for obvious reasons. Walker could step right in for Kyrie Irving who is all but gone at this point. To sign Walker the Celtics would also have to say goodbye to Terry Rozier to free up enough money. In addition, veteran forward Al Horford recently opted out of his deal for next season and reports are that he too is on his way out the door.
Walker has spent his entire NBA career playing for Charlotte. He averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds with the Hornets this past season.
Walker has familiarity with the New England area and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. The All-Star guard attended the University of Connecticut and won a national title there in 2011 against Butler. The Butler head coach at the time…none other than Brad Stevens.