BOSTON - The Celtics' new point guard has a message to Boston: Let's do this.
Veteran point guard Kemba Walker agreed to sign a four-year $141 million maximum contract to join the Celtics. Walker is a three-time All-Star who was named Third-Team All-NBA in 2019. He will immediately replace Kyrie Irving, who agreed to a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night.
In a Players' Tribune article Monday, Walker said goodbye to the Charlotte Hornets, where he has played since being drafted at No. 9 in 2011 following a championship run at the University of Connecticut.
"Charlotte….. you are my people forever. You’re family, straight up. I love you," Walker wrote.
In his message to Boston and Celtics fans, Walker introduced himself, explaining the type of person and leader he is.
"I’m a winner. I’ve always been a winner. It’s who I am — or at least who I strive to be — anytime I step foot on the court. And when I think about my future with this team, and how I’m now going to be playing for the Celtics….. I mean, that’s why I feel like it’s a match made in heaven. I want to win here, badly — and I’m excited to prove myself as that type of player in this league. I want to elevate myself into that Boston winning tradition. I want to get this team back on top."
Boston 25 News cameras saw Walker with GM Danny Ainge outside of the team's practice facility in Brighton.
"Boston….. I’ll see you all in September. I’m ready. I’m truly ready. Let’s do this," he wrote.
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