Kemba Walker’s time in Boston has come to an end.
According to Bleacher Report’s Farbod Esnaashari, Walker and the Celtics are likely to move out of their relationship this season in a mutual agreement between the two sides.
Esnaashari added that Danny Ainge, former Celtic president of basketball operations, was ready to step down from Walker in the first year of the guard point. Ainge sought to trade Walker for Jrue Holiday, who is now with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Esnaashari says a source close to Walker said he was hurt by Boston’s efforts to exchange him, which created a rift in his relationship with Ainge.
Walker will earn $ 36 million next season, which will make business difficult. According to Athletic Jared Weiss, several front-office sources say Walker has a negative business value, meaning the Celtics will need to part with other assets to move him.
However, teams that need veteran scores will monitor Walker’s situation. According to Esnaashari, the New York Knicks may be among the teams interested in acquiring him. The Dallas Mavericks can be too willing to deal with the disgruntled great man Kristaps Porzingis in a treat for the veteran point guard.
Walker would like to be moved to a winning team and, more specifically, to a team that could positively influence him. However, his situation will be influenced by free agents Kyle Lowry, Dennis Schroder and Mike Conley.
Walker has spent the last two seasons in Boston, averaging numbers similar to his previous eight seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. The 31-year-old Celtics career will likely end with an average of 19.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
It’s unclear how Boston plans to replace Walker. Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard might be available via trade, but both could do well in their current markets.