Back in 2011, the Charlotte Bobcats (who are now the Charlotte Hornets) drafted Walker with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft. Kemba made $1,896,550 during his rookie season after signing a standard four-year rookie deal and averaged 12.1 points and 4.4 assists per game in the lockout year.
In his second campaign, Kemba Walker earned $2,462,400. He finished out his rookie contract by making $2,568,360 in Year 3 and $3,272,091 in Year 4.
Walker’s rookie-scale extension, which he signed in October of 2014, didn’t kick in until Year 5. It was a four-year, $48 million contract extension.
During the 2015-16 season, Walker made $12 million in Year 1 of the rookie-scale extension. He earned the same salary for the next three seasons in Charlotte.
Entering free agency in the summer of 2019, Walker was eligible for a five-year, $221 million deal with the Hornets but the franchise wasn’t willing to give it.
Instead, Charlotte countered with an offer $60 million less. The Hornets believed that with his lack of postseason success (helping the team make the playoffs twice and failing to get out of the first round on both occasions) as well as the guard getting up there in age, it wasn’t a good long term investment.
That summer, Walker decided to end his tenure with his original team and opted to join a contender. Walker was linked to a number of teams but quickly signed with the Celtics, who needed a superstar point guard since they lost Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets.
Boston and Charlotte wound up agreeing to a sign-and-trade deal. Walker got a four-year, $140.79 maximum contract from the Celtics, while the Hornets acquired Terry Rozier from Boston who became expendable with the All-Star’s arrival.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19, Walker was set to make $32,742,000. The All-Star point guard was averaging 21.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in his first season with the Celtics prior to games getting suspended. Walker was also shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Moving forward, Walker is scheduled to make $34,379,100 in 2020-21, $36,016,200 in 2021-22 and $37,653,300 in 2022-23. He has career averages of 20.0 points, 3.8 boards, and 5.4 dimes.