After a season of trying to find deals for the Boston Celtics to unload the two years and nearly $74 million left on Kemba Walker’s contract, Hardwood Houdini has been vindicated.
News broke on Thursday afternoon, two days removed from Boston’s postseason elimination at the hands of the ultra-detestable Brooklyn Nets, that Walker is likely to be shopped this offseason. Walker will be the most difficult to move, but the Boston Celtics should be most motivated to move him because of his massive salary and deteriorated health.
If Brad Stevens deals Walker, Hardwood Houdini has a few targets in mind that would be realistic in returning to the lineup given the asset opposing teams would return in such a scenario:
Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker trade target #1: Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes was linked to the Cs at the trade deadline this past March, and while some may question if yet another wing will move the needle forward, adding a two-way presence to the starting lineup and bolster the team’s versatility.