Report: Celtics favorites for Kemba Walker

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are the favorites to sign point guard Kemba Walker. He would replace free agent Kyrie Irving, who is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.

With the Celtics, Walker would take less money. However, he will be joining a team that could be a playoff team for years to come with their young talent.

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker reacts after a play against the Chicago Bulls
Kemba Walker reacts after a play against the Chicago Bulls (Getty Images)

The 29-year-old Brooklyn, New York native has only made the playoffs twice in his eight-years with the team. His last playoff appearance came in 2015-16, which was four-years ago.

Walker, according to Wojnarowski, is also expected to be pursued by the Dallas Mavericks. It’ll be tougher to make the playoffs in the West because of the teams being stacked out there compared to the Eastern Conference.

Presently, Jalen Brunson is projected to be the team’s point guard if the Mavericks front office is not able to sign a marquee free agent. Brunson made 38 starts in 2018-19.

This past season, Walker played an entire season, as he made 82 appearances with 82 starts. It was the first-time he did this since the 2012-13 season when he also made 82 appearances with 82 starts.

Walker averaged a career-best 25.6 points per game this past season. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game.

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