With the free agency period beginning tomorrow night for the NBA, one big free agent is reportedly planning on taking his talents to the New England areas.
Former Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will reportedly sign with Boston Celtics for a four-year, $141 million max contract deal when the signing period begins.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that Boston was the emerging frontrunner for the former University of Connecticut (UConn) guard. However, Wojnarowski now said the deal will be finalized.
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
The three-time All-Star is preparing to replace the departing Kyrie Irving, who had been disgruntled with the organization during his last season with the Celtics.
Walker will be expected to join up with forwards Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum, and shooting guard Jaylen Brown.
He will also be on the bench with head coach Brad Stevens. Walker and UConn defeated Stevens in the 2011 National Championship, when the coach was at Butler University.
Kemba to the Celtics is honestly a great move, he's a better team player than Kyrie and gives Brad more opportunity to open up the playbook.— Damarqus Wayne🍀 (@Damarquswayne) June 29, 2019
One reason to be excited about Kemba Walker in Brad Stevens’ system (among others):— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 29, 2019
Kyrie Irving, seemingly, is not.
That detail, coupled with Walker’s personality/leadership, may offset the downgrade in talent between the two. #Celtics
Last season, Walker started all 82 games with the Hornets, finishing with 25.6 points and 5.9 assists per game.