Kemba Walker agrees to sign four-year deal with Celtics
Free agent Kemba Walker has agreed to sign a four-year, $141M maximum contract to join the Boston Celtics, Excel Sports agent Jeff Schwartz tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Walker decided to join the Celtics following his fallout with the Charlotte Hornets, who reportedly were not comfortable with offering him the full max. According to reports, the Hornets were willing to offer Kemba $160 million over the next four years, $31 million less than the projected max contract.
Once free agency was officially open, Walker and the Celtics were quick to finalize the deal.
This is a great move by Boston, which lost Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics were able to get a great replacement for their disgruntled star, and although Walker is not as good as Irving, the Celtics believe he’s a better leader and will be able to play better with the team’s younger guys.
Walker averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals per game last season. However, he failed to lead the Hornets to the playoffs and was forced to weigh his options. In his eight years in Charlotte, Kemba was able to make it to the postseason only twice. The franchise’s inability to surround him with talent was definitely one of his motivations to say that it was time to move on.
The Celtics were able to recover from the departure of Irving and the failed Anthony Davis pursuit by signing Walker. This is just the first step. Look for Boston to add more role players to this squad as the Celtics prepare to bounce back next season.