Kemba Walker admits he wanted Marvin Williams to sign with Celtics
Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker was thrilled with the possibility of reuniting with his former Charlotte Hornets teammate Marvin Williams. The 33-year-old forward was waived by the Hornets on Friday.
But even before the Celtics could snag Williams off the free agency pool, they were beaten to the punch by the Milwaukee Bucks, who waived Dragan Bender to make space for the 6-foot-8 stretch four.
Walker was only made aware of the development while speaking to reporters on Friday.
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Walker admitted that he is bummed about missing out on the opportunity to play with Williams once more. Still, he’s happy that his former teammate and good friend will be joining an NBA contender.
“[Marvin Williams] said that he wished he could have gotten to Boston with me, but I’m just happy for him,” Kemba Walker said. “That’s my guy, man. That’s one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever been around. That’s my vet. I was upset that we didn’t get the chance to get him, but I’m happy for him. He deserves it. He’s been in the league for a very long time. He works hard. He deserves to be on a winning team.”
Marvin Williams and Kemba Walker were teammates in The Queen City from 2014 to 19. They did not find much playoff success during that period but still helped the Michael Jordan-owned franchise escape obscurity.
Williams never lived up to expectations that came from being a second overall pick back in 2005. Still, he developed into a dependable two-way player and was a beloved player during his stints with the Hornets, Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz.
He tallied 6.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting from the field and 37.6 percent from past the arc in 41 games for Charlotte this season.