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Kemba Walker ‘excited’ to play with Gordon Hayward, thinks he’ll be ‘comfortable on his legs’ in 2019-20

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Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker is “excited” to play with small forward Gordon Hayward next season.

Walker and Hayward almost teamed up on the Charlotte Hornets back in 2014. The Utah Jazz matched Charlotte’s $62.97 million offer sheet for Hayward.

Walker believes Hayward is going to have a bounce back season in 2019-20. Hayward struggled in 2018-19, as he wasn’t able to regain his All-Star form after suffering that gruesome ankle injury in 2017-18 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night.

“I know Gordon probably didn’t have his best season last year,” Walker told Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine of NBC Sports Boston. “But I think this year, now’s the opportunity to get back to it and be comfortable on his legs. I’m excited for him. I’m excited to play with him actually. We were supposed to get Gordon actually in Charlotte. It’s crazy how things go full circle.”

Gordon Hayward played in 72 games this past season. He averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Hayward was often times a liability on defense for the Celtics since he didn’t have his lateral quickness back. The hope in Boston is Hayward will get back to his old self on both ends of the floor next season now that he’s two years removed from the injury.

Kemba Walker figures to mesh with Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Brad Stevens very well. Celtics fans can’t wait for the 2019-20 season to start.