James “Jimmy” Ahern leverages more than 15 years of relevant experience to advise and raise capital for public and private health care companies in his role as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company. When he isn’t working, James “Jim” Ahern of Laidlaw & Company enjoys watching the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Boston Celtics.
Although the Celtics lost starting point guard Kyrie Irving in free agency, the team acquired a suitable replace in Kemba Walker this past July. Walker, who came to the Celtics as part of a sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets, expressed in a press conference that Boston was his preferred destination giving the franchise’s positive reputation and the fact he has only played in 11 playoff games through his first 8 years in the league.
Walker will earn at least $30 million in each of the next four seasons after signing a 4-year, $140.79 million contract as part of the acquisition. To complete the transaction, Boston sent the Hornets Terry Rozier and a second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
A 29-year-old native of New York, Walker was selected by Charlotte ninth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. The three-time NBA All-Star averaged a career-best 25.6 points per game last season. Through 605 regular season contests, he has averaged 19.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game.
A graduate of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, James “Jimmy” Ahern has over a decade of experience in investment banking, including his current position as head of capital markets with Laidlaw & Company. When he’s not seeking out or advising early-stage healthcare companies for Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern enjoys following his favorite National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Boston Celtics.
After missing the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, the Celtics quickly established themselves as a contending team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Boston went from a 25-win team in 2013-14 to a 40-win team the following year with the help of an improving core group of players and the acquisition of point guard Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics traded Marcus Thornton and a first round pick to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Thomas, who was the 60th and final pick in the 2011 NBA draft. After the acquisition of Thomas on February 19, the Celtics went 20-11 down the stretch to make the playoffs.
Thomas, who is just 5-foot-9, has improved dramatically in each of the past few seasons and has been named to back-to-back Eastern Conference all-star teams. He averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game in 2015-16 and, in 2016-17, he has put himself into MVP consideration with a remarkable 29.9 points per game through the first half of the season.