Newly-minted Celtics point guard Kemba Walker joined the team this summer following an eight-year career in Charlotte. With time to reflect on his big free agency decision, Kemba has revealed what led to his move to Boston.
In an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kemba explained that it was tough for him to leave. But at the same time, he “had a feeling” that the Hornets were not going to give him the contract offer he wanted.
“Tough days, f–king tough days, I can’t even lie,” Walker said. “Excuse my language. It was difficult. I couldn’t see myself just being on another team. It was just hard. That’s all I’ve known was Charlotte. Definitely some tough times. I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to get the offer that I wanted, and maybe not close to it, because of cap space.”
In eight years in Charlotte, the Hornets proved incapable of building around their All-Star guard. They made just two playoff appearances in that span, but none in the last three years.
Kemba ultimately joined the Celtics on a four-year, $142 million contract.
"Tough days, f**king tough days"
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Last year, Kemba had arguably his best year as a pro. He averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds per game and 5.9 assists per game.
For his efforts, he earned All-NBA Third-Team honors. Kemba was one of only two players to make the team without going to the playoffs with LeBron James as the other.
Now that Kemba has his money and is on a team that is closer to contending than the Hornets, we should see him in the postseason a lot more often.