Sometimes the free agency moves simply don’t work out.
Kemba got a nice deal with the Celtics, but he doesn’t fit into their long-term plans now.
The problem of course like with a lot of older players on these massive deals, teams don’t want to take on the contracts, so the Celtics are stuck at the moment according to Bleacher Report.
The Kemba Walker experiment in Boston seems to be coming to an end. Sources said the Boston Celtics and Walker are likely to move forward from their relationship this offseason in a mutual agreement between the parties.
Walker is set to earn $36 million in 2021-22, which will make a trade difficult. His contract expires at the end of the 2022-23 season, during which he has a player option for $37.7 million. According to The Athletic’s Jared Weiss: “Multiple front-office sources across the NBA told The Athletic [last] week they still view Walker as having negative trade value should the team decide to go that route this offseason. That likely means a trade would cost the Celtics extra picks or assets to offload, even if Walker is universally admired for his relentlessly positive attitude and hard work through injury.”
In the NBA anything can happen, but it looks like the Celtics are going to have to take some bad contracts in return if they want to get rid of Walker.