Report: Celtics emerge as "stealth suitor" for Kemba
NBA.com Global on Jun 26, 2019 07:16 AM
FILE - CHARLOTTE, NC - November 1: Kemba Walker #15 of the Charlotte Hornets reacts during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 1, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Point guard Kyrie Irving and center Al Horford were each crucial to the Boston Celtics' success over the last few seasons. However, both are reportedly not opting into their deals with Boston for next season and seem likely to leave this summer.
If that happens, Boston is at a point where it could be severely lacking in backcourt and frontcourt help. One solution to that potential problem would be to purse another top name in free agency, and The New York Times' Marc Stein reports Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker may be on Boston's list.
The Celtics, I'm told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
Boston's cap-room situation is a fluid one but the Celtics, as Danny Ainge has acknowledged, are weighing their various needs as we speak in both the backcourt (with Kyrie Irving -- and possibly Terry Rozier -- leaving) and frontcourt (with Al Horford exiting)— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 25, 2019
Walker averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.2 steals while playing all 82 games last season. The former #9 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft is a three-time All-Star, and made the 2019 All-NBA Third team.
Despite Walker's strong performances in recent seasons, the Hornets have failed to make the postseason since 2016.