Celtics likely to part ways with Kemba Walker this summer

Report: Celtics most likely to part methods with Kemba Walker this summer season initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Boston Celtics’ offseason of modification might consist of trading Kemba Walker.

Walker and the Celtics are “likely” to part methods this season in a “mutual agreement between parties,” Bleacher Report’s Farbod Esnaashari reported Wednesday.

Pointing out a source near to Walker, Esnaashari reported the veteran point player was “hurt” by the Celtics’ efforts to trade him last offseason. Per Esnaashari, then-president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tried to trade Walker for Jrue Vacation in the fall prior to he landed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Walker had an up-and-down 2020-21 project in Boston, missing out on the group’s very first 11 video games and remaining on the 2nd night of back-to-backs while he handled a left knee injury that needed a stem cell injection last summer season.

The 31-year-old balanced 19.3 points per video game on 42% shooting — strong numbers for an NBA point player however his least expensive in each classification given that the 2014-15 season and not precisely deserving of the four-year, $141 million optimum agreement he signed with the C’s in 2019.

While a separation makes good sense for Walker and the Celtics, trading the veteran guard will be much easier stated than provided for brand-new president of basketball operations Brad Stevens. The Athletic’s Jared Weiss just recently recommended Walker might have “negative trade value,” significance Boston would need to part with extra draft choices or possessions to encourage a group to handle his large agreement.

However there are prospective suitable for Walker, who is looking for a “winning situation” as he enters his 11th season, per Esnaashari. The New York City Knicks, for instance, require point player depth and have the cap area to soak up Walker’s $36 million income in 2021-22. The Bronx local confessed he seriously thought about finalizing with the Knicks in 2019 prior to picking the Celtics.

The Dallas Mavericks likewise might make a Walker trade work if they part with Kristaps Porzingis and his $31.6 million income next season, while the asset-rich Oklahoma City Thunder might assist assist in a wage dump for Walker.

Stevens has a variety of pushing concerns to resolve in his brand-new function, and it appears moving Walker might be near the top of that list.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.