The Celtics have "emerged as the front runner" to sign Hornets point guard Kemba Walker in free agency, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boston is expected to offer Walker a maximum four-year, $141 million contract, per Wojnarowski. Hornets owner Michael Jordan reportedly is "no longer determined" to pay Walker the full $221 million available over five years, causing Charlotte's point guard to jump to a new franchise.
The Celtics enter free agency looking to reform its roster after losing to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Kyrie Irving is reportedly eyeing a new destination in free agency–potentially the Nets–while Al Horford is likely to earn a sizable payday with a new team.
Walker was drafted with the No. 9 pick in the 2011 draft. The UConn product averaged a career high 25.6 points per game in 2018-19, shooting 35.6% from three. He reached the postseason with Charlotte in 2014 and 2016.
The Hornets finished ninth in the East at 39–43 in 2018-19.