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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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Kemba Walker 'spent a month' trying to recruit Marvin Williams to Celtics

Kemba Walker 'spent a month' trying to recruit Marvin Williams to Celtics

Kemba Walker wanted to see Marvin Williams in a Boston Celtics uniform this season.

But following the C's win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, Walker found out his ex-teammate plans on signing with the Eastern Conference rival Milwaukee Bucks instead once his contract is bought out by the Charlotte Hornets.

That bummed out Walker, who "spent a month" recruiting the veteran forward to come to Boston, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.


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The news likely bummed out C's fans too, as Williams could have provided much-needed bench depth down the stretch and throughout the playoffs.

Williams will join a deep Bucks team that currently boasts the NBA's best record (44-7). 

Although the Celtics missed out on Williams, there are plenty of other intriguing options that could be hitting the buyout market. With Danny Ainge and Co. standing pat at the trade deadline, it'll be interesting to see whether they'll finally make a splash by adding one of those buyout candidates instead.

On his second visit as a Celtic, Kemba Walker still gets lots of love from Hornets faithful

On his second visit as a Celtic, Kemba Walker still gets lots of love from Hornets faithful

BOSTON -- With a commanding 18-point lead with a little more than two minutes to play, Kemba Walker went to the bench for one last time this decade. 

As he walked past his teammates, high-fiving them along the way, he was serenaded by the Charlotte Hornets fans still at the game, appreciative of what he meant to them in his eight seasons as a Hornet. 

“People are going to react like that forever,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after Boston's 109-92 New Year's Eve win. “Whether it’s here or Storrs, [Connecticut]…He’s a special guy and an awfully good player. He’s been really good for us.”

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And that is what makes Walker’s ovation so special with the Hornets faithful showing their respect for what he meant to the team in his time in Charlotte.

But that’s in the past now. 

Walker is with a new team, has a new mission and is showcasing that he’s more than just a high-scoring guard in the NBA but also one who can score a ton while racking up wins in the process. 

He was among the Celtics who stood out in the victory over the Hornets (13-23) as Boston (23-8) got back on the winning track after losing at home to Toronto on Saturday. 

And so, the Celtics move on to the next decade of play, one that will be led in part by Walker, who closed out 2019 with a strong, 24-point, seven-assist  game in Charlotte - a fitting end to the decade as Walker and the Celtics look ahead to bigger and better things in the future. 

GORDON HAYWARD

This was the kind of game that reinforces why Hayward is such an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to Boston’s success this year. 

He scored 21 points on an efficient 9-for-14 shooting, hauled down 10 boards for his third double-double this season. He also managed to dish out six assists.

As the Celtics continue to shuffle bodies in and out of the rotation due to injuries, a healthy Hayward provides the kind of comfort that will allow Boston to continue to surge up the standings even at less than full strength. 

JAYSON TATUM

There is an undeniable growth in Tatum’s game, and it’s not just him scoring more points, either. 

He’s doing a much better job of probing defenses for the best shot for himself or others, doing it with a level of patience that we have not seen from him at the level of consistency we’ve seen in recent weeks. 

It bodes well for his goals of ascending to being one of the best two-way players in the NBA. 

He’s not there yet. 

But the ease at which he scored a team-high 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting against Charlotte is impressive. 

ENES KANTER

Earlier this season, Kanter was focused on his younger teammates doing well and gaining some confidence. Well, let’s just say Kanter is being a bit more greedy these days. 

Kanter had a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds to go with a career-high six blocked shots on Tuesday. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time a C's reserve has produced those numbers (13 or more points, 14 or more rebounds, six or more blocks) in a game.  

Kanter’s play comes at a time when the Celtics are extremely thin at center. He was going to play a major role on this team regardless of who else was available. But to his credit, Kanter has found that nice balance between mentoring the young bigs on the Celtics while still making a major impact with his play. 

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