Jayson Tatum thinks he had ‘a big part’ in Kemba Walker’s decision to join the Celtics
Tatum told Tim Bontemps of ESPN that he talked with Walker while they were in in Paris. While he did not directly told Walker to sign with the Celtics, the former Duke University star believes that he was a “big part” in the All-Star point guard’s decision to move to Boston this summer.
“I think I had a big part with him coming here. I was with him in Paris,” Tatum said. ” I never told him to come, but I told him I would love for him to join the team and told him how it was. Obviously, everybody has to do what’s best for themselves, and I’m happy for him.”
Walker signed a four-year, $140 million maximum contract with the Celtics. The 29-year-old will be taking the place of fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving, who left the Celtics and signed a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
The former UConn superstar spent the first eight seasons of his NBA career with the Hornets. In 82 games last season, the former ninth overall pick averaged a career-high 25.6 points on top of 4.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.2 steals.