It appears as though the Boston Celtics may have found their new point guard. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Kemba Walker intends to agree to a deal with the Celtics after free agency opens Sunday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 29, 2019
Before free agency began, Walker said he was open to taking less than the supermax from Charlotte. He qualified for the supermax extension from the Hornets after making the third-team All-NBA this season, the first time Walker has made an All-NBA team in his career.
Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points and 5.9 assists for the Hornets this season while earning his third straight All-Star selection. Last season, he passed Dell Curry to become the Charlotte Hornets’ all-time leading scorer and ranks in the franchise’s top five in assists (No. 2), games played (No. 3), defensive rebounds (No. 4) and steals (No. 3). Aside from holding the Hornets’ top scoring mark, he’s also No. 1 in free throws made and attempted, field goals made and attempted and 3-pointers made and attempted.
Due to the need for max cap space to sign Walker, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that Celtics are expected to renounce their rights to 25-year-old point guard Terry Rozier, would would make him an unrestricted free agent.