The Boston Celtics have traded PG Kemba Walker along with the 16th pick in this year’s draft, and a 2025 second round pick for former Celtics PF, Al Horford, and OKC Thunder skyscraper Moses Brown. Along with a 2023 second round pick. Brad Stevens’s first trade, sends out a big free-agent signing from just two years ago for a former Celtics who signed in 2016 with the team before signing with Philadelphia in 2019 and moving on to OKC via trade this last offseason.
Breaking: The Celtics are trading Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick to Oklahoma City for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, sources tell @wojespn. pic.twitter.com/Wf6T48Vkcz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 18, 2021
Walker is still owed $73 million over the next two years of his deal. While Horford is still due $53.5 million on the free agent deal he inked with Philly that same offseason. Plus there’s an additional partial $14.5 million guarantee for the 2022-23 season. The Thunder now have three first round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft.
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— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) July 2, 2016
Stevens boldly moves on from Walker and his max deal after a injury plagued 2021 that saw the UConn product miss 28 regular season games and the final two playoff losses against the Nets this season. Walker has had an injury riddled era in Boston from knee issues to bone bruises…
Stevens made a short statement this AM on Kembas time here in Boston
Brad Stevens: “Kemba is a true professional and a great teammate and player. I want to thank him for his tremendous impact, and the positive contribution he’s made both to the Celtics and the City of Boston.”
Coming the other way, Stevens brings back a familiar face in Horford and a promising Big Man in the 7’2″ Brown who came close to double-double numbers in 2021 averaging 8.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in just 25 minutes of floor time.
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