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.