The Boston Celtics have emerged as the frontrunner to engage Charlotte Hornets' three-time all-star guard Kemba Walker in the agency's free agency.
Walker's eight-year career with the Hornets seems to be According to sources in the league, owner Michael Jordan is no longer determined to expand financially enough to re-sign his franchise player.
Walker is expected to sign a four-year contract for $ 141 million to sign the contract with Celtics when the free agency opens on Sunday at 6 pm ET – a deal he's increasingly assuming, league sources said.
The Celtics have targeted Walker (29) as the # 1 priority in free agency, an elite-level replacement, for outgoing Kyrie Irving, sources said. Walker had his best season as a professional with an average of 25.8 points and never missed a regular season game.
After a season of locker rooms, often marked by Irving's dissatisfaction, the Celtics yearn for the stability and leadership that Walker is longing for with an all-star talent in the early stages of his career.
Boston may renounce the rights of restricted freelance agency Terry Rozier to create Walker's entry into a four-year contract starting at $ 32 million a year.
Walker can be plugged into a Celtics lineup with Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown. Boston can still track a center with the exception of $ 4.8 million, and at the start of the season, a team that could compete with the elite teams of the Eastern Conference.
Walker won a national championship in nearby UConn in 201