Boston Celtics fans may be disappointed that Kyrie Irving hasn't worked out for them, but the front office has an All-Star replacement in mind. Earlier today it was revealed that the Celtics are the clear "frontrunners" to land Charlotte Hornets superstar Kemba Walker. Now we know how much the Celtics are ready to offer him.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics are putting forth a four-year, $141 million contract for Kemba when he hits free agency this weekend. Per the report, Kemba is "increasingly likely" to accept the offer.
Woj noted that the Celtics have identified Kemba as their "No. 1 priority in free agency," and consider him an "elite level replacement for Kyrie Irving."
However, the Celtics might still need to clear some space for Kemba, and are reportedly looking into renouncing the rights to Terry Rozier to make room.
The 28-year-old point guard is coming off his third-straight All-Star season and a career-high in scoring with 25.6 points per game. But despite his strong season, the Hornets finished just 39-43, missing the playoffs for the third year in a row.
Kemba earned All-NBA Third Team honors as well.
The Boston Celtics might not have been able to win anything with Kyrie Irving, but Kemba Walker would be an ideal replacement if they can make him happy.