Kemba Walker will likely sign a four year one hundred forty-one million dollar deal on Sunday, once free agency begins, with the Boston Celtics. Walker was the Celtics’ number one free agent priority, as Kemba would replace Guard Kyrie Irving, who is likely headed to one of the New York teams (Knicks or Brooklyn Nets) or the LA Lakers. Boston can renounce the rights on Guard Terry Rozier, if they want to put Walker on a four year deal worth thirty-two million dollars starting in 2019-2020. The Celtics would still have their $4.8 million mid-level exception to use as they try to plug a center into their lineup next to wings Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum.
Free Agent Forward Nikola Mirotic will be returning to the EuroLeague in which he rose into an NBA prospect with Real Madrid. The Forward started in the NBA in 2014-15, with the Chicago Bulls. Mirotic has since played with New Orleans and finished his NBA career so far with the Milwaukee Bucks. Mirotic will be signing with Barcelona to continue his basketball career.
Veteran Guard Darren Collison has retired at the age of thirty-one to focus on his faith, sources told ESPN.
Free Agency News
Free Agent Forward Kawhi Leonard is expected to let the Toronto Raptors make the final pitch to him in free agency after winning the title with Toronto just a few weeks ago. Leonard is also visiting with the LA Clippers and LA Lakers.
The Golden State Warriors are planning to offer Free Agent Guard Klay Thompson a five-year contract with $190 million to keep him in San Francisco.
Free Agent Forward Kevin Durant will only meet with four teams including the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, and New York Knicks. Durant is also considering playing with fellow All-Star Forward Kawhi Leonard during this off-season.
The Denver Nuggets are going to excercise veteran Forward Paul Millsap’s $30 million player option to try to keep its team from last year’s second seeded team in the western conference.
Make sure to read about the Celtics’s offer for Kemba Walker. The Charlotte Hornets, presumably Walker’s former team, are considering options at guard like Emmanuel Mudiay, Elfrid Payton, Ish Smith, and TJ McConnell.