Boston Celtics

Manning: Kemba Walker Will Decide Celtics Present and Future

Walker arrived at December’s training camp after beginning intent to approach the 2020-21 season patiently, unlike in the playoffs where he appeared visibly frustrated when Brad Stevens sat him.

Boston could have sustained Walker’s uncertain health better if Gordon Hayward stayed, and it’s not worth rehashing a summer, 2019 decision that still allowed the Celtics to make a push for the NBA Finals.

Walker rarely leads bench units without either Brown or Tatum also staggered in, due in large part to a supporting cast that was built around Javonte Green, Jeff Teague and Semi Ojeleye.

Boston would have to find a team that desperately needs point guard help, is already over the cap with no hope of coming down, doesn’t have draft capital to pursue better options and is facing win-now expectations.

If Leonard stunningly leaves the Clippers, they can offer Walker as a salary dump to bring LA back into the first round in the years they missed in exchange for role players like Morris, Beverley, Kennard and Rondo.

Fournier’s free agency complicates that further as the team becomes a taxpayer with slim championship hopes in the short term, but the Celtics have shown flashes this month that it can come together.

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