Did Marvin Williams want to rejoin Kemba Walker with Boston Celtics?

Did Marvin Williams want to rejoin Kemba Walker with Boston Celtics?

After the NBA trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. on Feb. 6, veteran players on underachieving teams could no longer seek out trades.

As such, the NBA buyout market started to heat up. And until March 1 rolls around -- the deadline for bought-out players to sign with another team and be playoff-eligible -- rumors about available players will continue to leak as lottery-destined teams decide whether or not to buy out some veterans on expiring deals to let them get involved in playoff races.

One such player was Marvin Williams. The long-time stretch forward of the Charlotte Hornets received a buyout from the squad and some had hoped that he could join the Boston Celtics. After all, he comes with 6-foot-9 size and his 37.6 mark from behind the arc could've intrigued a team in need of size and shooting.

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Instead, Williams quickly elected to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. And while the Eastern Conference's top team is a sensible landing spot for him, he seemingly would've liked a chance to reunite with his former teammate, Kemba Walker.

And as Walker detailed in a recent interview with Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, the feeling was mutual.

“[Marvin Williams] said that he wished he could have gotten to Boston with me, but I’m just happy for him,” Walker said. “That’s my guy, man. That’s one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever been around. That’s my vet. I was upset that we didn’t get the chance to get him, but I’m happy for him. He deserves it. He’s been in the league for a very long time. He works hard. He deserves to be on a winning team.”

That's some glowing praise from Walker. And given Williams' reputation, it's likely that he would've fit in very well with the squad while providing upgrades in the area of size and shooting.

However, to get a guy like Williams, the Celtics would've had to part ways with one of the players on their already-full 15-man roster. That could've meant parting with Javonte Green or Vincent Poirier and as appealing as that may sound to some, it would also mean giving up on a young asset that has flashed at points in the season.

Perhaps the Celtics will see a player out there that they think can assist them in a championship effort. But if they don't see one, the C's and Danny Ainge may be content to stick with the roster they have as they try to make another postseason run.

And Walker most certainly understands that.

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Who are the best point guards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

Who are the best point guards in Celtics history? Ranking the Top 10

It's no surprise that the Boston Celtics, the team that has won more championships than any other — 17 — also has an incredible list of point guards that have taken the floor over the franchise's storied history.

Their most famous floor general, Bob Cousy, helped the Celtics to their first six titles, but some of the best point guards in team history have taken the floor more recently.

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Much more recently, in fact. Brad Stevens has only been Boston's head coach since 2013, but he has coached four different All-Star point guards in that time.

Some of the team's best point guards have even gone on to success in the Celtics front office and on the sidelines. 

So from Cooz to Kemba, DJ to Jo Jo, these are the best point guards in Celtics history.

Click here for Chris Forsberg's Top 10.

Why isn't Gordon Hayward participating in players' NBA 2K tournament?

Why isn't Gordon Hayward participating in players' NBA 2K tournament?

When a report surfaced Monday night that the NBA is launching an NBA 2K tournament pitting players against each other, Boston Celtics fans all had the same thought:

Gordon Hayward isn't just going to participate in this. He's going to dominate it.

The Celtics forward, after all, is probably the NBA's most avid video gamer, with his own sponsor (HyperX Gaming) and numerous blog posts about his love for gaming.

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But when ESPN's "The Boardroom" revealed the 16 players who will compete in the tournament Tuesday, Hayward was nowhere to be found.

What gives? Does No. 1 overall seed Kevin Durant have a vendetta against Hayward? Is Hayward too good to concern himself with these casual gamers?

In all likelihood, there's a simpler answer: Hayward doesn't really play 2K -- or any sports video game, for that matter.

Here's Hayward in a 2011 interview with ESPN:

"The one thing I've never been into are the sports games. I don't know, I just don't like playing those as much. I bought 'NBA 2K11' just to see myself. It was creepily similar and it's cool to say that you're in a video game, but I'm just not into it that much. I'm more into first-person shooters and real-time strategy games."

That's still the case today, apparently. Hayward lists seven "favorite games" on his HyperX Gaming page, and only one of them (FIFA) is sports-related: Fortnite, League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, FIFA, Destiny and Clash Royale.

In that context, it's obvious why Hayward wasn't one of the 16 competitors selected, especially considering how many other players are obsessed with 2K.

That said, we would have liked to see at least one Celtic make the cut here; after all, Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum both starred in a trailer for NBA 2K20 last August.

The tournament kicks off this Friday on ESPN, giving sports fans at least something to watch (aside from "Classic Celtics," of course) while the NBA is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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