Sunday, June 30, 2019

Kemba Walker to Celtics, Terry Rozier to Hornets via sign-and-trade

The Celtics capitalized on an opportunity to generate more cap space and acquired All-Star point guard Kemba Walker -- their primary target in free agency.

The NBA opened its free agency doors Sunday evening as league executives wasted no time negotiating, including the Hornets president of basketball operations Mitch Kupchak, who pulled the trigger on a sign-and-trade with the Celtics in exchange for Terry Rozier. The Celtics' former backup point guard agreed to a three-year deal, worth $58 million.

This puts the Celtics in a better situation. Rather than signing Walker straight up -- which would have forced Boston to renounce its rights to all of its free agents in order to make space -- the Celtics have created a $9 million mid-level exception while receiving Walker in exchange for Rozier.

Walker has agreed to a four-year, $141 million deal with the Celtics. Contracts will be officially signed on July 6.

Boston will most likely use its mid-level on a big man to add size to its thin frontcourt.

Josue Pav√≥n

Photo used is courtesy of USA Today

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