Kemba Walker not pleased about ex-Hornets teammate possibly joining Bucks


The Celtics didn’t make a move prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, but they could still look into the buyout market — if Danny Ainge feels this team needs help.

Initially, it seemed like the Cavs might buyout Tristan Thompson following Cleveland’s acquisition of Andre Drummond. But now, David Aldridge of The Athletic is reporting Thompson will stay put.

On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Marvin Williams, who played alongside Kemba Walker for the last five years in Charlotte, was being bought out by the Hornets.

Forward Marvin Williams is finalizing a contract buyout with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell ESPN. Williams, 33, will become a free agent target for contending teams.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2020

Williams isn’t the sharpshooter Davis Bertans is, but his 2019-20 3-point percentage (37.6%) is still comfortably above league average. The forward shot above league average from three last season (36.6%) and was even better (41.3%) in 2017-18.

On top of his long-range shooting, Williams could have provided the Celtics defense off the bench. He isn’t a rim-protector, but he’s versatile at 6-foot-8 — which Brad Stevens places a premium on with his system.

But again, Williams could have provided the Celtics with all of this. It doesn’t look like there’s a possibility that he could come to Boston — unless Walker pulls some strings last-minute.

Because, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Williams plans to sign with the Bucks.

Walker was informed of his old teammates’ decision after Friday’s win and was stunned by the news. Walker said he was going to call Williams, and later told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe he spent a month recruiting Williams.

Kemba Walker’s reaction to Marvin Williams getting bought out and planning to sign with the Bucks: “Damn!”

— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) February 8, 2020

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