Tuesday, 16 July 2019 | 05:00 WIB

Boston Celtics Eye Signing Kemba Walker as Talks with Hornets Stalls

Boston Celtics Eye Signing Kemba Walker as Talks with Hornets Stalls (nba)

BOSTON, NETRALNEWS.COM - A new contract negotiation between NBA All-Star player Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets is reported to have reached a dead end. Seeing this, the Boston Celtics are now increasingly aggressive to sign Walker--who will become a free agent at the end of the month.

The Athletics columnist Shams Charania reported on Thursday (06/27/2019) that talks between the Hornets and Walker have yet to reach a meeting point regarding the player's new contract.

Meanwhile, the matter of closeness to the Celtics with Walker was reported by ESPN columnist Adrian Wojnarowski and New York Times columnist Marc Stein.

Based on NBA rules, Walker has the right to obtain a maximum five-year contract with a value of 221 million US dollars with the Hornets, or a four-year duration with a tag of 140 million US dollars with other teams.

The problem is, the Hornets are reluctant to pay luxury taxes which are their obligation if they contract Walker with the maximum value.

The Celtics on the other hand, might be serious about approaching Walker considering they will lose two senior players from the team, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.

In addition to the Celtics, the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks are also reportedly interested in signing Walker.

Walker was the ninth recruit of the 2011 NBA Draft selected by the Charlotte Bobcats (name before changing to the Charlotte Hornets in 2014) and for nine career seasons he has always been selected in the NBA All-Star team for the past three seasons.

The lack of support of other star players in the Hornets, making Walker unable to deliver the team to the playoff phase last season. But his personal record is still flashy with an average of 25.6 points and 5.6 assists per game with open shot accuracy of 43.4 percent and tripoin 35.6 percent.