The story has been out there for a couple of days now but once if gets Wojified it reaches a whole new level. Kemba Walker to the Celtics is all but a done deal.
Appearing on ESPN’s SportCenter Basketball insider Adrian Wojnarowski had this to say about the Celtics pursuit of free agent guard Kemba Walker.
“Barring an unforeseen change, Kemba Walker is going to leave Charlotte. He’s going to head to Boston.”
The Celtics are expected to offer Walker – a three-time All-Star – a 4-year $141 million contract soon after free agency begins on Sunday at 6pm.
The Celtics, I'm told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
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 finished 3rd team All-NBA this year which means he could have signed a Super Max deal with the Hornets. But it appears Charlotte is looking to rebuild and doesn’t want to be tied to Walker long term.
Leaving the Hornets to sign in Boston could cost Walker as much as $80 million in guaranteed money.
In order to create enough space to sign Walker the Celtics will probably not bring back unrestricted free agent Mark Morris and decline to extend a qualifying offer to Terry Rozier.
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.