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All-Star point guard Kemba Walker has agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics and is expected to commit to the team once free agency opens Sunday evening, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Walker’s contract will be four four years and $141 million, Wojnarowski reported.
“Walker’s eight-year career with the Hornets appears to be coming to close, with owner Michael Jordan no longer determined to extend far enough financially to re-sign his franchise player,” Wojnarowski wrote.
The Celtics are expected to lose Kyrie Irving in free agency and backup point guard Terry Rozier, who led Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2018, is a restricted free agent.
Walker, 29, had also been linked to the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. He averaged 25.6 points and 5.9 assists in all 82 games last season.
Many around the league view Walker an upgrade over Irving for the Celtics, citing Walker’s leadership, coachability and team-first approach.
“As reported this week, the Celtics and Walker both intend for the All-Star guard to commit to a four-year, $141M maximum contract once free agency opens on Sunday at 6 p.m.,” Wojnarowski reported. “Walker is traveling to New England to meet with Celtics officials at 6 p.m.”