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Even as the Boston Celtics were introducing new point guard Kemba Walker at their practice facility, there was still a lot of attention on the old one. The Celtics and their fans still haven’t gotten over Kyrie Irving’s brief flameout in Boston, where he joined a conference finalist but never really clicked. Irving left for the Brooklyn Nets, and Walker will try to replace him. Walker also helped recruit fellow Celtics newcomer Enes Kanter.
The Miami Heat completed agreements on what will become a four-team trade Monday to land Butler from the Philadelphia 76ers, with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers also involved. Miami gets Butler and Meyers Leonard, the Blazers get Hassan Whiteside, the Clippers get Harkless and a future first-round pick and the 76ers get Josh Richardson.
Three-time All-Star point guard Kemba Walker says he’d be willing to work with the Hornets and take less than the “supermax” $221 million deal he is eligible to receive to re-sign with Charlotte. Walker says: “Yeah, why not? I would take less, for sure.” Walker says the Hornets remain his “first priority,” but he plans to meet with other interested teams before making a decision on his future. NBA free agency begins June 30.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker were also big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced.
Kemba Walker scored 43 points, giving him 103 in his last two games, and the Charlotte Hornets battled back to beat the Boston Celtics 117-112 on Monday night.
Kemba Walker had 29 points and seven assists, extending his strong start to the season as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-102 on Tuesday night.