Marvin Williams

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.

NBA Rumors: Celtics could look at these potential buyout candidates

NBA Rumors: Celtics could look at these potential buyout candidates

BOSTON — The trade deadline has come and gone and the Boston Celtics look no different. 

But the roster you see today may have a slightly different look in the coming days once the recently agreed-upon trades become official and the buyout market becomes clearer. 

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From the very beginning of this season, the expectation was that barring a major blockbuster-type of deal, the most logical pathway towards roster enhancement for Boston would be through the buyout market. 

And while most of these players are still with their respective teams, don’t be surprised if a few become available in the near future. 

And if that’s the case, you can count on the Celtics being among the squads looking to add to a roster that’s already among the better clubs in the Eastern Conference. 

Click here for a look at some of the better buyout possibilities for the Celtics. 

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