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Can Celtics sell Kemba Walker on Boston as a free-agent destination?

Can Celtics sell Kemba Walker on Boston as a free-agent destination?

BOSTON -- So you’re saying there’s a chance? 

The Boston Celtics are in need of a major jolt of talent in what’s expected to be major defections in the coming days. 

So what about … Kemba Walker?

The Charlotte Hornets can offer Walker significantly more money than any team once he officially hits free agency on Sunday (more than $221 million), the kind of money that would be difficult for anyone to walk away from. 

For the Boston Celtics, it’s a similar situation they were in during the summer of 2016 when they were in pursuit of Al Horford — who, like Walker, had spent his entire NBA career with one team. 

Boston sold Horford on the Celtics’ title-contending future with him being a significant part. 

They can’t play that card this time around. 

But considering who they are targeting (Walker) and the situation he has been in with the Hornets, you don’t really have to make that kind of pitch in order to convince Walker that Boston is a better situation than the one he is currently in basketball-wise. 

In Walker’s eight seasons with the Hornets, they have been to the playoffs just twice and have been bounced in the first round both times with no team winning more than 48 games in a season.

And while there is a clear gap between what Boston can do money-wise for Walker and what the Hornets can do, Boston can counter that by offering Walker something Charlotte can’t come close to matching: hope of being part of a title-contending team. 

Since Boston won it all in 2008, they have had teams that have either been in the hunt for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, or on the fast track to getting back in the race quickly. 

That’s why, while disappointed with how last season ended as well as the departure of key players, the Celtics have a quiet confidence that everything will work out for the better because based on their track record in recent years, that’s what has transpired. 

Walker has made it clear that he loves Charlotte, Hornets fans and how the organization has treated him. But the 6-foot-1 guard also loves to win, something he has done very little of while playing for Charlotte. 

And while it’s obvious that the Celtics are not presently a title-contending team, Walker knows as well as anyone how quickly Ainge has wheeled and dealed his way into building a title-contender in no time. 

At 29 years of age, Walker has to be giving more thought now than ever about his future, and will he ever get a shot at playing for a legit title contender. 

Because even if he re-signs with Charlotte, they are at best among the bottom/middle-of-the-pack squads fighting for one of the last remaining playoff spots. 

Even with Irving likely headed to Brooklyn and Horford expected to sign on with another team, Boston still has a better present and future than the Hornets. 

And for Walker, that’s something he has to take notice of. 

Throw in the fact that his best days as a basketball player came in New England as the leader of UConn’s 2011 National Championship team — the team that beat Brad Stevens and Butler in the national title game that year — and you have a recipe for the Celtics to at least have a shot at making a strong case for Walker to walk away from Charlotte. 

And when you look back at the comments Danny Ainge made after the introduction of the team’s most recent draft picks on Monday, the talk about being humble, doing what’s best for the team, yada-yada-yada… it sounds like he was checking off a lot of the boxes associated with Walker.

Of course it is a long shot in every sense of the word that Boston can convince Walker to leave that amount of money on the table for a chance to be part of the Celtics’ next wave of title contenders. 

But for Walker, knowing in his heart of hearts that this season will likely end the way most have for him if he goes back to Charlotte — with no playoff appearance — Boston’s chances, while slim, are very real nonetheless. 

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NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

Tacko Fall took the Las Vegas Summer League by storm not only with his size, but his ability to impact the game in ways players that big struggle to do consistently at the highest level. 

The Celtics got a front-row seat to Fall's play after signing the big man to an Exhibit 10 contract following the 2019 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.2 points, four rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 77 percent shooting to go along with some eye-popping dunks where he barely left the floor. 

It's up to Boston whether to carry him on the roster next season, and one anonymous Celtics staffer believes Fall is worth an investment, especially if he continues to develop at the rate he has been since the draft. 

The Celtics filled its last roster spot by signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed contract this week and have both two-way contract slots occupied by Max Strus and Tremont Waters. 

Boston typically brings in more than 15 players under contract into camp for competition purposes, but the Exhibit 10 contract gives Fall a guaranteed camp invite along with a $50,000 bonus if the Celtics waive him and want to sign him to the Maine Red Claws. 

It's difficult to see what the staffer means exactly by saying he's "worth an investment." But whether it means a full-time roster spot, a two-way deal or the $50,000 bonus to play in Maine all season, it's clear the Celtics want to give the 7-7 big man out of UCF an extended look this year. While Fall has a very long way to go before he can crack an NBA rotation, you can't deny how much fun it is to watch him dwarf the giants of the league. 

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WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

Former Celtics forward and NBC Sports Boston's own Brian Scalabrine showed he still has a little something left over from his playing days during a BIG3 game Sunday. 

Scalabrine found himself guarding former scoring wing Stephen Jackson, and when Jackson went up for a reverse layup on the right side of the rim, Scalabrine was there to send it back. Since BIG3 basketball is played in the half-court, Scal's team quickly turned the play into two points. 

This shouldn't come all that surprising though. Say what you want about Scal's offensive game when he didn't have his jumper going, but the man was always an underrated post defender. 

Given the state of the Celtics frontcourt going into the 2019-20 season, could they use some of Scal's interior presence on the defensive end? Probably not, but that most likely won't stop him from sharing his highlights with Brad Stevens and the Celtics coaching staff. 

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