While all eyes will be on Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard in free agency, Kemba Walker could be a significant addition to any team this summer.
Walker is coming off his best season in the NBA, averaging 25.6 points and 5.9 assists per game. However, the Charlotte Hornets haven’t put together a great supporting cast around him.
If Walkers decides to pursue other options on the open market, he’ll have plenty of suitors. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are in desperate need of help at point guard.
The Boston Celtics could also be in play for Walker, who has cemented his status as an All-Star talent.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Celtics are emerging as a “stealth suitor” for Walker.
He’d replace Kyrie Irving for Boston, while also giving the franchise another star to keep them contending in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics, I'm told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
Stein added: “Boston’s cap-room situation is a fluid one but the Celtics, as Danny Ainge has acknowledged, are weighing their various needs as we speak in both the backcourt (with Kyrie Irving — and possibly Terry Rozier — leaving) and frontcourt (with Al Horford exiting).”
Walker has stated in the past that he’d prefer to remain in Charlotte. It does help that he qualifies for a five-year contract contract worth up to $221 million.
The Hornets should be seen as the favorites to sign Walker, but the Celtics will have their chance to strike in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned for more updates on Walker and other free agents this offseason.