I love Kemba Walker. I do. He is a phenomenal player. In fact, he's always been one of my favorites. Now, there are rumors of him and the Celtics being linked together. Which should make my gut reaction: "LET'S GO!" However, I can't seem to buy into it entirely.
I'll jump right out and say this though... IF the Celtics do bring in Kemba, I am all for it. I won't hate on the move at all. I would love it. That is why this mindset I have is so damn confusing to me...
For starters, I just feel like the Celtics could do more with their money. If Danny Ainge is truly looking to spruce up the team for this upcoming year, I feel like going all in on a 29-year-old point guard with your last penny just is not the move. Granted, Kemba JUST turned 29... I just think they'd possibly be better off bringing back Rozier and signing/trading for a Center or big man. But again, it is a fine line I am walking. I am not truly sold on either strategy.
So put all of the hypothetical situations away for a second...
Let's look at what we have in front of us. The Celtics have, what I am now considering, a clean slate to work with heading into the year. Kyrie "fraud" Irving is out the door. Deep breath, it'll be fine. He was not a fit here. (And also PS - screw him) They have the opportunity to start fresh and really see what the young guys in Jayson and Jaylen can truly do. THAT right there is the true reason I am feeling hesitant about bringing in Kemba. I think I am ready to just say "alright, let's FINALLY put all of our eggs in the basket of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown." I understand, we might be taking a step back. FINE. I believe in the young core enough to take a step back in order to hopefully take multiple steps forward in the near future.
Kemba Walker, by no fault of his own, would somewhat prohibit that from happening. I am 1000% certain it'd be for different reasons than Kyrie. Kyrie was an asshole. He did not buy into this city, this team, nor these players. Kemba on the other hand would be a GREAT fit here. GREAT. He is the anti-Kyrie when it comes to superstar attitude. I am just wondering if it'd become a "Kemba team" rather than the youth movement I am looking forward to.
I'll be the first to admit, it is a pretty bonehead move to say "Hey! We don't need a superstar, we just need the kids that are barely able to legally drink!" I am not ignorant. This team would immediately become way better with Kemba. I am just thinking a few years out. When I believe Jayson Tatum will be a better player than Kemba. When I can see Jaylen becoming an all-star caliber player. Call me crazy...
If the Celtics do sign Kemba, I will stand by that decision. This has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Kemba, but rather me looking forward to seeing what Tatum and Brown (plus Hayward) can do with a clean slate of a season, without Kyrie "fraud" Irving.
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