Kemba Walker has been welcomed into Boston this offseason, following his departure from the Hornets after eight seasons. But new details regarding his contract negotiations during NBA free agency have surfaced, and could indicate why he was so willing to leave Charlotte.
Walker was eligible for a five-year, $221 million supermax deal with the Hornets, because he was an All-NBA selection last season. For context, a regular max deal from the same team would have been five years, $190 million.
In the end, the 6-foot-1 point guard opted to take a four-year, $141 million deal with the Celtics.
There’s a big difference between a five-year $221 million deal and a four-year, $141 million deal. But it turns out Charlotte didn’t offer Walker the supermax deal, or the regular max deal.
The Hornets didn’t offer anything close to either of those deals.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, “The Hornets’ best offer to Walker was just under $160 million over five years…”
The three-time All Star had expressed that he was willing to accept less than the max, but Charlotte’s best offer was way below the max. The Hornets have only made the playoffs twice since Walker joined the team, losing in the first round both instances. In that same timeframe, the Celtics have only missed the playoffs once. In addition to Boston’s better record and contract offer, Walker has already enjoyed getting to know his new teammates at the Team USA training camp.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog