Walker agreed Sunday to a four-year, $141 million pact with the Celtics and will be acquired as part of a sign-and-trade with the Hornets, ESPN.com reports.
Any suspense surrounding Walker's free agency ended Saturday, when ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he was en route to Boston to finalize an agreement. The sign-and-trade is an added wrinkle to the deal likely designed for salary-cap purposes, but both Walker and Rozier are expected to officially put pen to paper on new deals July 6, when the NBA's signing moratorium ends. The 29-year-old Walker will step in as Boston's new starting point guard after Kyrie Irving bolted for Brooklyn.
Walker is expected to be in Boston on Sunday to finalize an agreement with the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Walker to the Celtics rumors started emerging a couple of days ago, and it appears those talks were warranted. Assuming there are no hiccups on Sunday, Walker will move on from Charlotte, the team that drafted him No. 9 overall in 2011. The three-time All-Star will replace Kyrie Irving, who is virtually a guarantee to take his talents elsewhere at this point. In joining a better team, it's possible we see Walker's usage decline, especially if Gordon Hayward is able to get back to his pre-injury production. Still, it's hard to imagine Walker not being a No. 1 or No. 2 option on offense, and he should maintain his quality efficiency.
Walker tallied 43 points (16-25 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT), two rebounds, five assists and two blocks over 40 minutes Wednesday against the Magic.
Walker did everything in his power to get his team a much-needed victory, but Orlando would come away with a 122-114 win, officially eliminating Charlotte from postseason contention. The 28-year-old point guard put on a show on a nightly basis through 81 games this season, averaging 25.4 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
Walker collected 23 points (9-18 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven assists and three rebounds across 27 minutes in Tuesday's 124-97 win over the Cavaliers.
Walker was only needed for 27 minutes Tuesday night, as the lead opened up quickly for the Hornets. Even still, Walker was a big part of the Hornets offense, and should remain active for the team's last game.
Walker finished with 31 points (11-29 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal across 41 minutes in the Hornets' win over the Pistons on Sunday.
Walker led the Hornets to a third straight to bring Charlotte to a 38-42 record and close the gap with the Pistons to one game back of the eight-seed. Walker is doing all he can to get the Hornets to the postseason in what may be his final year with the team, and he's averaged 34.8 points over his last four games.
Walker departed Sunday's game against Detroit but quickly returned, Vince Ellis of the Free Press reports.
Walker went back to the locker room and looked to be in some discomfort, but he reemerged shortly after and swiftly returned to the game. The All-Star appears to be moving relatively well, but his status will be something to monitor over the final three days of the regular season.
Walker posted 29 points 911-18 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes during Friday's win over the Raptors.
Walker provided his typically excellent line, scoring 29 points and dishing out eight assists without commiting a turnover. With the Hornets currently sitting two games out of the eight-seed with three games left in the season, Walker will need to continue his strong play to maintain the playoff dream. He's been fantastic of late and has scored 108 points over his past three games -- an average of 36.0 per contest.
Walker finished with 32 points (9-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 12-13 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 115-109 victory over the Pelicans.
Walker kept the Hornets afloat with a 32 point performance Wednesday. They now sit 2.5 games outside the top-eight and while it seems highly unlikely, there is still a mathematical chance they can make the playoffs. Their next game is against the Raptors on Friday and that could basically rub them out of the running if they do in fact lose. Walker himself has had a fantastic season, playing in all 78 games thus far. He is an extremely consistent fantasy option and will likely be had in the second round when looking to next season's drafts.
Walker totaled 47 points (15-28 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 13-15 FT), five rebounds, and three assists in 37 minutes during Monday's 111-102 loss to the Jazz.
Walker did all he could Monday but it wasn't enough as the Hornets fell to the Jazz. The loss puts the Hornets three games behind the eighth-seeded Heat and almost ensures they will miss the playoffs. Despite the disappointing season, Walker has been fantastic and continues to put up big numbers on a regular basis. Part of him is likely tired of the mediocrity and the offseason is going to provide plenty of questions.
Walker recorded 38 points (14-31 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 8-11 FT), 11 assists, nine rebounds and one block across 42 minutes in Tuesday's 125-116 overtime victory against the Spurs.
Walker may not be the most efficient shooter, but he certainly isn't as bad as his 18 percent shooting in his last game would suggest. He bounced back Tuesday night to prove that, shooting just over 45 percent en route to a monstrous double-double. Walker commands the Hornets' offensive looks and should continue to see production like this.
Walker recorded 15 points (3-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 13 assists, eight rebounds, and four steals in 35 minutes during Sunday's 115-114 win over the Raptors.
Walker struggled miserably from the field but nearly turned in a triple-double while amassing at least four steals for the third time in the last 13 games. The win was absolutely crucial for Charlotte, as the squad is down but not out of the playoff race. Walker (and his fantasy owners) will have to hope he regains his shooting touch in time to lead the Hornets to another victory during Tuesday's matchup versus the Spurs.
Walker scored a game-high 36 points (11-25 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 8-8 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Saturday's 124-117 win over the Celtics.
Matched up against Kyrie Irving, Walker won both the battle and the war when he took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring half his points in the final frame. It's the third time in the last six contests Walker has popped for 30 or more points, but despite his efforts the Hornets sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games back of the Heat, with 10 games left on their schedule.
Walker produced 31 points (10-22 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 10-12 FT), six assists and five rebounds across 35 minutes in the Hornets' win over the Timberwolves on Thursday.
Walker did it all in Thursday's win, leading all scorers with 31 points and making solid contributions in rebounding and assists. Over his last 10 games, Walker has averaged 24.0 points, 5.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals. He's an elite option at guard every time he takes the court.
Walker finished with 21 points (8-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 28 minutes in Tuesday's 118-114 loss to the 76ers.
Even on a night where the offense struggled, Walker turned in a respectable stat line based on shear volume alone. It is clear the Hornets cannot win games with Walker alone, as he was the only player in the starting lineup to record double-digit points, an event that resulted in a loss. His scoring ability and leadership on the offensive end makes Walker's production one of the most reliable right now.
Walker managed 10 points (4-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's 93-75 loss to the Heat.
Walker struggled from the field and failed to earn a single trip to the charity stripe, so he ended up with more field goal attempts than points in this disappointing defeat. With the Hornets fighting to stay relevant in the race for one of the final postseason spots, Walker can be expected to continue shouldering a large load offensively down the stretch.
Walker scored a team-high 28 points (11-30 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 36 minutes during Friday's 116-110 win over the Wizards.
It wasn't the most efficient performance, but Walker still dropped at least 25 points for the third straight game and the seventh time in the last 11 games. The Hornets remain in the thick of the hunt for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so expect their franchise player to continue posting impressive numbers over the final weeks of the season.
Walker scored a game-high 40 points (14-20 FG, 6-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, seven assists and a block in 40 minutes during Monday's 118-106 loss to the Rockets.
While the 28-year-old All-Star outdueled James Harden on an individual basis, dropping at least 40 points for the fifth time this season and the first time since Dec. 29, no other Hornet managed more than 15 points to support him. Walker is now averaging 26.3 points, 6.7 assists, 3.6 boards, 3.2 three-pointers and 1.3 steals over the last 10 games.
Walker put up 20 points (6-19 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and recorded four rebounds along with six assists, a block and two steals over 36 minutes Friday night against the Wizards.
Walker battled through some shooting woes in a 112-111 win, as he shot just 11.1 percent from three. The 28-year-old did manage to finish with 18 points, however, pushing his streak of 18 or more points to seven straight games. Walker appears to be in for a tough matchup Saturday at Milwaukee.
Walker tallied 20 points (5-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 7-7 FT), seven assists and two rebounds across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 91-84 loss to the Heat.
Walker salvaged what was a rather poor shooting day by hitting all seven of his free-throws while recording seven assists. Walker has shot just over 25% in his last two games and will need to correct that woeful percentage should the Hornets want to win more games.
Walker scored 18 points (5-21 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding 12 assists in 39 minutes during Sunday's 118-108 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Despite the poor shooting and curious lack of rebounding or defensive stats, Walker still produced his sixth double-double of the season -- four of which have come in the last 12 games. The 28-year-old is averaging 28.3 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 boards, 3.8 three-pointers and 1.8 steals over that stretch, and he remains one the NBA's premiere scoring threats despite the lack of consistent support around him in Charlotte.
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