Hornets star Kemba Walker plans to sign a four-year $141M max contract with the Boston Celtics, according to a report from ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kemba Walker plans to be in Boston on Sunday to finalize a formal agreement with the Celtics, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
With the impending departure of unrestricted free agent Kyrie Irving, the Celtics have opted to fill his slot with the next best option on the free agent market.
Charlotte's reluctance to offer Walker a supermax contract after the University of Connecticut product garnered All-NBA consideration lead to rumors that Walker's time in Charlotte was coming to an end.
Walker had been linked to the aforementioned Celtics, as well as the Lakers, Knicks, and Mavericks.
Walker, 29, averaged 25.8 points this past season in Charlotte.
The UConn product garnered national attention as junior when he lead the Huskies to a National Championship in 2011, defeating Butler, coached at the time by his soon-to-be new head coach, Brad Stevens, and outdueling his new soon-to-be teammate Gordon Hayward.
Source close to Kemba Walker told me that primary reason for the All-Star point guard choosing Boston was chance to go deep in playoffs — and play with talented guys like Tatum, Hayward and Jaylen Brown. Doesn’t feel as if he has to do it all by himself - which was case in CLT.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 29, 2019
Walker will presumably join a core in Boston that features Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart.
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