Sometimes to take the next step you have to get a little uncomfortable in your team-building process. Case in point: Potentially trading Kemba Walker.
Walker is certainly a valuable player for this Celtics team, and represents much-needed leadership off course the court. But he also carries the kind of value needed to reel in high-end talent that might be a better-on-the-court fit.
Celtics get: SG Paul George, SG Landry Shamet.
Clippers get: PG Walker, C Robert Williams, two 2020 1st round picks (#14, #26).
Who say no?
It's basically one bad contract for another, with both George and Walker making upwards of $30 million per season.
While George's production might be a concern after watching him in the most Clippers' most recent postseason run, so are Walker's knees. Danny Ainge suggested the guard wasn't himself during the playoffs due to the ailment. The worry is that the former UConn star never will be his old self, even after an offseason.
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