Charlotte Hornets Release Statements Regarding Kemba Walker’s Move To The Boston Celtics
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets’ Chairman Michael Jordan and General Manager Mitch Kupchak released statements in reference to Kemba Walker signing with the Boston Celtics.
Michael Jordan, Chairman, Charlotte Hornets
“On behalf of the entire Hornets organization, I want to thank Kemba for eight incredible seasons with our franchise. 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.”
Mitch Kupchak, President of Basketball Operations & General Manager, Charlotte Hornets
“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. 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 reportedly told the Hornets organization over the weekend that he plans to sign with the Boston Celtics once the NBA’s offseason moratorium on player movement ends July 6th, according to the Associated Press.
He will likely received a four-year $141 million deal. Walker said earlier this month that he would be willing to take less than the supermax deal of $221 million over five years from the Hornets to help Charlotte build a roster, according to the Associated Press. However, he was also quoted saying, “I’m not saying that I’ll sign back with them. ….If it doesn’t work out, I’m definitely prepared to play somewhere else.”
Walker is a three-time NBA All-Star and led the Hornets in scoring in the last five seasons.