It appears teams aren’t waiting until Sunday to make their mark in free agency. With contract negotiations set to begin very soon, Kemba Walker is reportedly just about ready to sign with the Boston Celtics.
Walker enters this offseason as one of the elite options on the market. He is coming off a season where he averaged 25.6 points and 5.9 assists per game.
The Charlotte Hornets had the option to offer Walker a maximum five-year contract worth roughly $220 million. However, the front office’s refusal to pay that price opened the door for the Celtics to become a suitor for him.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, Walker plans to commit to a four-year deal worth $141 million with the Celtics.
This is a deal that could change the landscape of the NBA, especially since it allows Boston to remain a contender in the Eastern Conference.
Walker is expected to replace Kyrie Irving in Boston.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 29, 2019
Even though Walker isn’t considered as dynamic as Irving, the All-Star guard is a quality scorer and leader.
The Celtics should have an interesting core of talent for next season that would revolve around Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
As for the Hornets, losing Walker officially puts them in rebuilding mode.
With Walker set to join the Celtics, the focus of free agency will shift even further to other stars like Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.
Let the madness begin for this year’s free agency class.
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