The Celtics appear like they aren’t finished reshaping their roster.
Boston “is not done making moves” and have been “very active in trying to see what free agents may still shake loose and what kinds of sign-and-trade deals” are available, according to a report from the Boston Herald, which cites unidentified league sources.
The Celtics reportedly lost Kyrie Irving (Nets) as well as Al Horford (76ers) in free agency this summer and also sent Terry Rozier to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade. But, they inked former Charlotte guard Kemba Walker, a three-time All-Star, to a four-year, $141 million max contract.
“When you think of the Celtics, you think of championships,” Walker said during a “SportsCenter” appearance Sunday. “You think of winning, and that’s what I am about. I’m about competing for championships and winning. That’s something I haven’t been able to do throughout the early years of my career. I haven’t been a consistent winner in this league. I just felt like Boston was the best fit for me to try and accomplish those kinds of goals.”
“I gave [the Hornets] every single day I could possibly give them. Now, it’s about competing at the highest level …” @KembaWalker tells @notthefakeSVP he wanted to give himself the best chance to make a playoff run. pic.twitter.com/7f3neuZGTO
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 1, 2019
Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points, along with 5.9 assists, in 82 games for the Hornets last season. He shot 43.4% from the field and 35.6% from 3-point range.
“I’m a winner. I’ve always been a winner,” Walker wrote in a piece for the Players’ Tribune on Monday. “It’s who I am — or at least who I strive to be — anytime I step foot on the court. And when I think about my future with this team, and how I’m now going to be playing for the Celtics. I mean, that’s why I feel like it’s a match made in heaven.
“I want to win here, badly — and I’m excited to prove myself as that type of player in this league. I want to elevate myself into that Boston winning tradition. I want to get this team back on top.”
The Celtics agreed to a two-year deal with center Enes Kanter, as well.
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 1, 2019
Boston reportedly “checked in” last month about potentially dealing for Rockets center Clint Capela and Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. It also reportedly had Thunder center Steven Adams on its radar.