MARTIAN'S MINUTE: June 27, 2019



My AC wasn't working for about a week which was absolutely brutal. It felt like I was trapped in the middle of the Sahara and I had to combat it with like four fans to create a wind turbine-like vortex of artificial gusts of air. I finally got it fixed yesterday but the repairman simply replaced my fan with one that wasn't working in another unit upstairs. It kind of worked for the rest of the night but when I woke up this morning, it was shot. Now I'm sitting in my homemade windstorm because if I wander anywhere else in my apartment, my right pit is going to turn into a swamp. I don't know why, it always sweats more than the left one.


HOOPS


Kemba Walker is expected to sign with the Boston Celtics



The Boston Celtics have emerged as the front-runners to sign Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker in free agency, league sources tell ESPN.


Walker's eight-year career with the Hornets appears to be coming to a close, with owner Michael Jordan no longer determined to extend far enough financially to re-sign his franchise player, league sources tell ESPN.


Walker and his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, are expected to connect with Boston GM Danny Ainge sometime soon after free agency opens Sunday at 6 p.m., league sources say.

Walker, a three-time All-Star, is expected to be offered a four-year, $141 million contract from the Celtics -- a deal that he's increasingly likely to accept, league sources say. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)


Thanks for doing most of the work for me today, Woj. Lol, I just noticed that every sentence ends with "league sources say." I didn't see this coming but it makes a lot of sense. Kyrie is (probably) headed to Brooklyn, Al Horford is expected to leave, and Aron Baynes got traded to the Suns, leaving Boston with the cap space to sign a star to put alongside centerpieces Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Kemba will pose significantly less locker room issues than Kyrie, probably none at all. In terms of fit, I'm not really sure how it'd work out. They still have Gordon Hayward, and if they were to sign Kyrie, there will once again be a number of guys who thrive with the ball in their hands. Kemba isn't much of a distributor (5.9 assists per game last season) but he's also never really had great offensive players around him. He's really never had great players around him ever. If he were willing to pull back on his scoring a bit 25.6 PPG in 2018-19) and make final passes to Tatum and Brown, then this team is definitely a contender. If the Celtics were all on the same page last year they definitely could've won the championship and with an All-Star leader and excellent locker room guy, Boston can re-discover their Finals aspirations.


Houston trying to move players in an attempt to acquire Jimmy Butler