After being drafted back in 2011 and spending eight seasons – his entire NBA career thus far – with the Hornets, Kemba Walker will be joining the Celtics.
In his article for The Players’ Tribune Monday morning, Walker praised Charlotte for helping him grow into the three-time All Star that he has become. Based on the statements that the Hornets released midday Monday, it seems the organization thinks as highly of Walker as he does of them.
“On behalf of the entire Hornets organization, I want to thank Kemba for eight incredible seasons with our franchise,” Chairman Michael Jordan said in the statement. “He always represented the Hornets, the NBA and the city of Charlotte with class – both on the court and in the community – and we are disappointed he is leaving. He’s a special player, with a tremendous heart and tireless work ethic. Kemba is truly one of the best to ever play for our team. We wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
Jordan wasn’t alone. Mitch Kupchak, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the Hornets, also praised Walker for his contributions. Though Kupchak has only been with Charlotte for one year, it’s clear that Walker still had a deep impact on him.
“It is hard to gain a true understanding of someone until you are around them on a regular basis, and I have enjoyed my time with Kemba over the year that I have been here,” he said. “After watching him in practice, seeing him interact with his teammates and getting to know him, it quickly became apparent that he is a special player and person. We thank him for his contributions to our franchise and our community and wish him continued success in the future.”
Walker agreed to sign a four-year, $141 million maximum contract with Boston Sunday. The contract can officially be signed on July 6.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog