Home News Jayson Tatum appears to be in favor of a Kemba reunion for the Celtics (Latest News)

Jayson Tatum appears to be in favor of a Kemba reunion for the Celtics (Latest News)

by Abhishek Singh
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Jayson Tatum seemed to indicate that he would like a former Celtics teammate to return to Boston. On Friday, Kemba Walker was released by the Dallas Mavericks. This happened one day before his veteran minimum wage would have been guaranteed. Tatum was a curious respondent to the news that was shared via Twitter.

Walker’s team was actually facing the Celtics on Thursday. They were defeated 124-95. Walker scored two points from one made shot in just two minutes. Tatum praised Walker after the game.

Tatum said that Kemba was a very special person. “Someone I talk to regularly. “Absolutely one of my best friends, if no more, than any other teammate I have ever had. He is the most happy, best guy. He always had a smile on the face. The two years we spent together are something I treasure. After that, we were committed to each other for the rest of our lives.”

Walker was released by the Mavericks on Friday

Boston could add Walker to its roster without needing to make room. The Celtics traded Noah Vonleh from the Celtics to the Spurs on Thursday without receiving any player in return. They now have an open roster spot.

Walker’s return is possible, but there are a few things that stand in his way. First, their deepest position is point guard. Marcus Smart, Malcolm Brogdon and Derrick White are all responsible for this position on a nightly base for the Celtics. They are so good at this position that even Payton Pritchard (who averaged seven points per game and shot above 40 percent from 3-point range in the past two seasons) can’t crack the regular rotation.

Walker’s play has been affected by a knee injury which has caused him to miss the majority of his 2019-20 season. Walker played 37 games last season for the Knicks, scoring 11.6 points per game and dishing out an average of 3.5 assists. He was a defensive liability, and he lost his starting position. The two sides reached an agreement to not have him play the remainder of the season.

Walker was eventually traded by the Knicks in the offseason to clear cap space. He was then moved to the Pistons who later waived him.

Walker signed a non-guaranteed, one-year contract with the Mavericks, after being an open agent. Walker was able to put up solid offensive performances in his first two games at Dallas. He averaged seven points per game and 3.5 assists, with an average of around 16 minutes. He showed signs of his former self in his first start. Walker had 32 points and seven assists in the Mavericks’ one-point loss to the Cavaliers on December 17.

Walker was the Mavericks’ only start. After a 14 point outing in their next match, Walker didn’t play in his next eight games or scored more than four.

As Brodgon has suffered from injuries, Walker signing could provide insurance for the Celtics. Walker missed 77 games in the past three seasons. Tatum’s tweet indicated that he still has Boston fans, which could make him a valuable locker room presence.

Walker was also the leader of the Celtics team that reached the Eastern Conference finals in 2020 during the bubble. In November he shared with Tatum and Jaylen brown his advice on how to deal with adversity.

“I can remember telling them that they have seen all the talks and everyone saying they don’t want to play with each other. I told them to just ignore it. Walker said that he always told them that this organization won’t go anywhere without them two. “My main message to these guys was that they had to love one another.” Jayson and Jaylen, these two men must work together to bring this team to the promised land. Without them, they won’t get anywhere.”

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