On the other side of these rumors of Walker leaving Charlotte is the Boston Celtics, who have emerged as the front-runner to land Walker.
With Walker entering the final year of his contract heading into the 2018-19 season, Boston has always been on my personal radar for his ideal landing spot if he ultimately decided to leave Charlotte. Fast-forward to today and it looks like that is becoming a reality, especially with the all-but-certain departure of Kyrie Irving. Add in the likely departures of Al Horford and Terry Rozier and the Celtics will have the necessary cap space to sign Walker to a four-year max contract, as Smith reported above.
This just makes too much sense for both sides, as Boston is looking for a replacement for Irving, as Walker is as similar as a player as they’ll find in free agency as a dynamic scoring threat at the point. For Walker, he would join a much more talented supporting cast that includes rising stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, a dependable player in Marcus Smart and a solid — albeit underachieving — piece in Gordon Hayward.
Unlike his situation if he went with the Lakers, Walker would still come in and be the No. 1 scoring option, but unlike his situation with the Hornets, Boston has a wealth of options to go to for scoring if Walker goes cold. Add the max contract in with the Celtics being a contender in the Eastern Conference over the last few years and this is a landing spot that simply makes sense for Walker, and it’s no surprise that Boston has jumped ahead as the front-runner in this race for Kemba.
Chance Walker signs with Boston: 40%