Those close to the Boston Celtics and point guard Kemba Walker are indicating that the issues between the two sides are overblown. Earlier this week, it was reported that the team and point guard were both eyeing a deal.
“A source close to Walker said he was hurt by Boston’s efforts to trade him, which created a rift in the Walker-Ainge relationship,” Bleacher Report’s Farbod Esnaashari reported. “Walker has a great relationship with his teammates and looked forward to being a veteran mentor to Tatum and Brown, but the same can’t be said about Walker and the front office. He no longer feels wanted.”
Ahead of this season, there were rumors that the Celtics were hoping to replace Kemba with Jrue Holiday, which obviously didn’t materialize. Holiday was eventually dealt from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kedow Walker, Kemba’s cousin, took to Twitter on Wednesday to shoot down the rumors that the four-time All-Star wants out. “Damn, who in the camp no more than me??” he said.
damnnnn who in the camp nomore than me?? 🤦🏾♂️🤣. these ppl really be bogus as hell
— Bedow (@KedowWalker) June 9, 2021
People on the Celtics side are trying to downplay the rumors as well. Chris Gasper of WCVB in Boston cites a team source that said the rumor is “total garbage.”
A Celtics team source denied the reported breakup and vehemently denied that the team was looking to trade Walker and pursue free agent Jrue Holiday last offseason, calling the latter rumor “total garbage.”
The team source also told SportsCenter 5 that Walker has not informed the Celtics that he has soured on them and that the four-time NBA All-Star is focused on getting as healthy as possible after dealing with a balky knee that limited him to 43 regular-season games and forced him to miss Boston’s final two playoff games.
Whether or not the Celtics and Walker want a trade, it may be a difficult deal for the team to make. He has missed significant time due to injury during his two-year stint with the Celtics, and he’s set to make $36 million in 2021-22, with a player option for 2022-23 worth $37.6 million. Finding a team to take on the 31 year old without adding assets to the deal and/or eating some of that contract may be very difficult.