Hornets point guard Walker likely to accept Celtics offer

Hornets free agent point guard may be headed to the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics have emerged as frontrunners to sign All-Star point guard guard Kemba Walker, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Walker is an unrestricted free agent and according to several reports, his talks with the Charlotte Hornets have hit a stalemate.

Walker has said repeatedly a return to the Hornets is his first priority, so the news about the Celtics may have been planted by Walker’s agent. One source told Amico Hoops he doesn’t believe reports that Walker prefers the Celtics, calling them “a negotiating tactic.”

Nonetheless, Wojnarowski reported Walker’s run in Charlotte may have reached an end.

“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 reported.

The Celtics can offer Walker a deal of four years and $141 million, “a deal that he’s increasingly likely to accept,” 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.