Kyrie Irving is no longer with a Celtics, though his brief flame-out in Boston is still on a minds of fans in a city and even, apparently, players who have nonetheless to play a notation for a team.
On a day that a Celtics introduced Walker as their indicate ensure of a future, Kanter pronounced he chose a No. 11 final ragged in Boston by Irving in partial since it was his series in Oklahoma City in 2016-17.
But he also quoted a blurb in that Irving aspired to have a series late in his honour. “I wish to be a reason no one else wears it,” Kanter said, enormous adult himself and a media during a rudimentary news discussion he common with Walker. “I had to contend it.”
Irving was a Celtics’ large giveaway group dash dual summers ago, when he asked a Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him and they shipped him to Boston for a immensely renouned Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics, who had only mislaid to Cleveland in a discussion finals, returned to a East finals a subsequent year — when Irving was harmed — though bent out in a second turn this season, when he was healthy.
General manager Danny Ainge took heedfulness to highlight that he doesn’t censure Irving for a team’s unsatisfactory season.
“The final indicate guard, it didn’t finish like we wanted this year, though it positively wasn’t his fault,” Ainge said.
Irving, who had oral about his enterprise to finish his career in Boston — and have his series late — opted out of his agreement and sealed with a Brooklyn Nets. Fans were mostly blissful to see him go, and Walker played along on Wednesday, joking with a contributor about a earth being prosaic — a anxiety to another famous Irving comment.
Al Horford also jumped ship, definition a Celtics had mislaid their biggest merger from dual of a final 3 off-seasons.
Instead of adding purpose players to make another run during an 18th NBA title, they indispensable replacements for their stars. But manager Brad Stevens pronounced he never spent any time worrying about either a register was in need of a multi-season rebuild.
“We always go by each scenario,” he said. “But nobody was looking during what we weren’t going to be. We don’t ever demeanour during it that way.”
That’s when Ainge went to work. Walker was sealed to a four-year, $141 million understanding — a many Boston could offer, though $80 million reduction than a Charlotte Hornets could have paid him over 5 seasons.
“This was a Plan A,” Ainge said, sitting between Walker and Kanter for a news discussion during a team’s use facility. “Getting Kemba was a tip priority in giveaway agency.”
Walker won a NCAA championship during UConn, violence Stevens’ Butler group in a 2011 pretension game.
He referred to a championship banners unresolved from a roof during a Auerbach Center, and a new Boston Garden, and pronounced he hoped to have a possibility to win again after reaching a playoffs only twice, losing in a initial turn both times, in 8 seasons with a Hornets.
“Charlotte is all I’ve known,” he said. “It all came down to my complacency and how we wish to contest night in and night out. My time was adult there. I’m prepared to start a new chapter.”
Ainge squandered no time — even before Walker concluded to a understanding — putting him to work. The GM handed Walker his phone so he could assistance partisan Kanter. It worked.
“That done me really excited,” Kanter said. “An All-Star guy, a superstar, job me and observant he wants me to be here. That done me feel really special. we called my manager and pronounced that seems like a good place to be.”
The Celtics also announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed brazen Daniel Theis and ensure Brad Wanamaker.