VIDEO: Celtics’ Kemba Walker reacts to Marvin Williams joining the Bucks after buyout
The Charlotte Hornets released 15-year NBA veteran Marvin Williams on Friday. The 6-foot-8 power forward was quickly scooped up on the buyout market and is now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. No one was more surprised by the news of Williams’ signing to the Bucks than Boston Celtics star point guard Kemba Walker.
"No! Really? Damn."
Kemba Walker after hearing Marvin Williams signed with the Bucks 😂
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2020
Walker and Williams played together in Charlotte for five seasons up until this season when Walker signed with Boston.
Williams was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, after signing a four-year, $54 million deal with Charlotte in 2016.
Williams’ addition to Milwaukee will make the NBA’s top team even more dangerous. Already 44-7 on the year, the Bucks get a veteran forward who can stretch the floor and rebound the ball.
This season, Williams has been relegated to a bench role but is still averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from deep.
The former No. 3 overall pick will add depth behind superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo while joining Ersan Ilyasova as a quality stretch four off the bench.
As for Walker’s Celtics, despite dealing with various injuries, has won nine of their last games after a tough stretch in January. The Celtics are currently the third seed in the East, one game behind the Toronto Raptors and eight behind Milwaukee.
The Celtics and Bucks met in the second round of the playoffs last season so we could very well see a battle between Williams and his former point guard as the postseason rolls around.