Kemba was eligible for a five-year, $221 million dollar deal from his former team, but the offer from the Hornets came in at under $160 million over the same amount of years. Although Kemba was not seeking the max from Charlotte, and is on record as saying he would even take slightly less than $190 million, he had a feeling that cap space was going to squeeze him out of town.
“It was difficult. I couldn’t see myself just being on another team. It was just hard. That’s all I’ve known was Charlotte. Definitely some tough times. I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to get the offer that I wanted, and maybe not close to it, because of cap space."
Luckily for the Boston Celtics, Kemba decided on moving forward and inking a four-year, $142 million dollar deal. In more from The Athletic, Kemba describes why his new home is a good fit in a comment ending with, “Who wouldn’t want to play for the Celtics?”