Celtics and Kemba Walker set to go their separate ways – report

FILE – Kemba Walker # 8 of the Boston Celtics dribbles against the Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden on March 31, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer / Getty Images / AFP

The Boston Celtics and goaltender Kemba Walker are expected to go their separate ways during the offseason, according to a report released by Bleacher Report on Wednesday.

Walker would feel unwanted by Boston, going back to reports that retired general manager Danny Ainge tried to trade Walker to the New Orleans Pelicans after the 2019-20 season in a bid to acquire Jrue Holiday, who was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Brad stevens has been promoted from coach to Ainge’s post, but an upcoming reshuffle is expected to include Walker. According to the Bleacher Report, the feeling is mutual on Walker and the team’s part.

Walker, 31, is expected to earn $ 36 million next season and his contract also includes a $ 37.65 million player option he can exercise in 2022-23.

The four-time All-Star has averaged 19.3 points and 4.9 assists in 43 games this season. His availability was hampered by persistent left knee problems.

Walker averaged 20.4 points and 4.8 assists in 56 games the previous season, his first in Boston.

Walker spent his first eight NBA seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. He averaged a record 25.6 points in his last season at Charlotte in 2018-19 before being traded to the Celtics.

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