Kemba Walker seems unlikely tp remain with the Charlotte Hornets.
And the Boston Celtics are the front runners to sign him once free agency starts on June 30.
Per ESPN, Walker and his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, are expected to connect with Boston GM Danny Ainge sometime soon after free agency opens Sunday at 6 p.m., league sources say.
Walker, a three-time All-Star, is expected to be offered a four-year, $141 million contract from the Celtics — a deal that he’s increasingly likely to accept, league sources say.
The Celtics have targeted Walker, 29, as the No. 1 priority in free agency, an elite-level replacement for Kyrie Irving, who is expected to depart in free agency.
Boston can renounce the rights to restricted free agent Terry Rozier to clear space to start Walker on a four-year deal beginning at $32 million annually.