While many are focused on what Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are going to do once free agency begins, the name that isn’t getting as much buzz is point guard Kemba Walker.
The 29-year-old is coming off a season where he averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game and was named to the All-NBA third team which was controversial because he was voted in over Warriors guard Klay Thompson .
Walker is now entering free agency in the prime of his career and will be one of the big names to watch come Sunday at 6 p.m. when teams will officially be allowed to talk with free agents.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times and formerly of ESPN, the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks will be the front runners to sign the three-time All-Star.
With the departures of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Aron Baynes, Boston has entered the free agent picture.
If they also renounce the rights to Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris, they could have as much as $32 million in cap space and would only have to move Guerschon Yabusele’s $3.1 million dollar salary in order to sign Walker to a four-year, $140 million dollar contract .
Dallas has the cap flexibility to be able to sign Walker but they would have to sign him first but they would likely only do it if restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis agrees to the five-year, $158 million dollar contract they plan to offer shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday.
However, it all officially depends on what Charlotte is going to do. The Hornets can offer Walker a “super-max” contract of five-years worth $221 million but there is reports that owner Michael Jordan and the organization want to remain under the luxury tax.
Walker also said he’d take less than the “super-max” but that he also wants to win which is something Charlotte hasn’t done much of since drafting Walker in 2011.
This is definitely going to be one of the interesting players to watch once free agency begins.