Kemba Walker plans to be in Boston on Sunday to finalize a proper settlement for a four-year, $141 million cope with the Celtics, league sources inform ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.
The Celtics have focused Walker, 29, because the No. 1 precedence in free company, an elite stage alternative for the departing Kyrie Irving, sources stated.
NBA free brokers can start negotiating agreements with groups at 6 p.m. ET Sunday. Contracts could be formally signed July 6.
Walker is coming off his finest season as a professional throughout his eight seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, averaging 25.6 factors whereas enjoying in all 82 regular-season video games.
After a season of locker room turmoil usually centered round Irving’s discontent, the Celtics crave the soundness and management that Walker will present — together with an All-Star expertise within the prime of his profession.
Boston can resign the rights to restricted free company Terry Rozier to clear the house to begin Walker on a four-year deal starting at $32M yearly.
Walker can plug right into a Celtics lineup that features Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown. Boston can nonetheless pursue a middle with its $four.eight million exception and ship a crew to the beginning of the season that may very well be aggressive with the elite groups within the Jap Convention.
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Charlotte, in the meantime, has declined to train its qualifying supply on Frank Kaminsky, permitting him to develop into an unrestricted free agent amid vital curiosity, a league supply instructed ESPN.
The Hornets have been scouring the free agent level guard market, contemplating such choices as Elfrid Payton, T.J. McConnell, Ish Smith and Emmanuel Mudiay, league sources instructed ESPN.
Walker gained a nationwide championship at close by UConn in 2011, and is a New York Metropolis native.