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After a disappointing season full of high exceptions and ultimate disappointment, the Boston Celtics have changes to make this upcoming offseason. One of the changes is replacing Kyrie Irving, who is expected to sign with another team in free agency. With Irving likely on the move, many are looking to Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker as the replacement.
In 82 games last season, Walker averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. With the Hornets missing the playoffs last season with a record of 39-43, Walker could be desiring a more “elite” core of talent.
With Walker hits the free agency, Walker will likely be one of the players in line for a max contract. The Celtics may be in position to lose both Irving and Al Horford, but that only opens up the cap space for Walker. With Terry Rozier looking for more minutes moving forward, he will likely be another name that will walk this summer.
If Boston can land Kemba Walker, the Boston Celtics could thrive. The team was 12-3 without Irving last season. With a conservative player such as Walker, talents like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have the potential to impact the game.
Outside of the Celtics, other suitors for Kemba Walker include the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and the Indiana Pacers.
The Celtics have other players on their radar as well, which includes Nikola Vucevic, as well as Steven Adams. Signing a talent such as Walker this summer could mark the first of many moves to be made.
Signing Walker alone isn’t nearly enough to overcome the elite talent in the East. In fact, it’s a fair assumption that Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia are all better heading into next year than a Boston roster without Kyrie Irving. However, if Boston can sign Kemba Walker and land Clint Capela in a trade from the Houston Rockets, an argument could be made for Boston as the favorites in the East.
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