BOSTON (CBS) — Free agent point guard Kemba Walker is ready to leave Charlotte for Boston, according to a report.

The Hornets could have offered Walker a supermax contract worth up to $221 million over five years, but offered him much less according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. A lot less. Because of that, Walker is ready to sign with the Boston Celtics when NBA free agency gets underway Sunday at 6 p.m.

“My sources tell me that Kemba Walker has informed the Charlotte Hornets and Michael Jordan he doesn’t want to be there,” Smith said. “Kemba Walker is going to be a Boston Celtic.”

The Hornets, according to Smith, offered Walker a five-year deal “somewhere in the ballpark of $160-plus million.” The Athletic’s Sham Charania reported that there were “sizable gaps” between Walker and the Hornets earlier Thursday, and $60 million certainly fits that category.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier Thursday that Boston was the frontrunner for Walker, ready to offer him a four-year, $141 million contract come Sunday. He later added that “barring an unforeseen change of events,” Walker would end up in Boston.

Sunday evening can’t come soon enough for the Celtics.


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