With free agency only a few days away, it appears there is a new favorite for Kemba Walker. The All-Star guard is coming off the best season of his career and is looking for a lucrative deal.
Charlotte could retain Walker by offering him a five-year max contract. However, the front office might be reluctant to spend over $200 million on the 29-year-old guard.
Earlier this week, reports came out that Boston and Dallas would show interest in Walker. Clearly, one of those two teams is emerging as the frontrunner to land him.
According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have suddenly emerged as the favorite to sign Walker.
This isn't the only report that hints at Walker potentially leaving the Hornets, as NBA insider Shams Charania revealed that the two sides have sizable gaps in contract discussions.
It's a potential move that could change the landscape of the Eastern Conference.
Boston is expecting to lose Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency.
If the Celtics win the sweepstakes for Walker, then it'd most likely keep them within contention for a championship. It'd also give the team a legitimate leader to help aid the development of their young talent.
Stay tuned for more updates on Walker and other star free agents on The Spun.