1. Boston Celtics
One team that is picking up steam lately as a serious suitor for Kemba Walker’s services is the Boston Celtics.
With the recent news that Kyrie Irving is likely to be on his way out of Boston when free agency begins on June 30, the Celtics might be shifting their focus elsewhere to fill their starting point guard role.
Thursday morning, ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Boston has “emerged as the frontrunner” to sign the All-Star point guard once free agency officially opens, adding that Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is “no longer determined to extend far enough financially to re-sign his franchise player.”
With the incoming departure of Irving from Boston, along with Al Horford potentially also on the way out, that would open some cap space for the Celtics to be able to offer Walker a max deal to join this Eastern Conference squad.
If Walker were to agree to join Boston this offseason, that would likely also mean that current backup point guard Terry Rozier would have to move on in free agency, according to ESPN’s salary cap expert Bobby Marks.
Walker would fit right in with the Celtics and would fill the hole left behind by Irving nicely for the 2019-20 NBA season and beyond. The move would also help pick up the pieces for Boston, which has had a rough start to the offseason with the rumors of multiple players looking to depart from the organization once free agency begins.
With the Hornets seemingly backing away from a supermax deal for Kemba Walker, it’s looking like the Celtics are the new frontrunners for his services.