Report: Celtics to pursue Kemba Walker in free agency
The Celtics appear set to lose Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency.
That’ll open a lot of cap space and create needs at point guard and center.
A possibility at starting point guard: Kemba Walker.
Marc Stein of The New York Times:
The Celtics, I'm told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
We can scratch "stealth." Boston and Dallas are at the front of the line that will be trying to lure Kemba Walker away from Charlotte, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:
Two NBA sources confirm @TheSteinLine report that Celtics are seriously interested in @KembaWalker. I doubt the Hornets put this thing to bed pre-emptively when free-agency opens June 30. Plenty of suitors, and I assume Kemba will listen to all the pitches.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 25, 2019
If they renounce all their free agents, the Celtics project to have about $34 million in cap space. That’s enough to offer Walker a max contract that projects to be worth $141 million over four years.
But the Hornets can offer Walker a super-max contract that projects to be worth $221 million over five years. Charlotte and Walker have described each other as the priority.
Boston will face plenty of competition. Walker’s stellar player has earned him multiple good options.
The Celtics – with talented young wings like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and plenty of draft capital – look like one. They still have a reasonably bright future, and Walker would elevate their present.
But the same could be said of the Mavericks with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The Lakers look even better immediately with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. And the Hornets can offer all that money and the comfort of home.
There will be plenty for Walker to consider this summer.