Boston Celtics Move Kemba Walker, Draft Picks to OKC for Al Horford
The Boston Celtics certainly moved quickly on a Kemba Walker deal.
This is certainly an odd time for a blockbuster trade to go down, but when it comes to the NBA, we have learned to always keep our heads on a swivel.
On Friday morning, the Boston Celtics agreed to move Kemba Walker, the No. 16 pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second round pick. In Brad Stevens’ first move as the head of the Celtics’ front office, he was able to save the team over $20 million while bringing Horford back to Boston.
Boston gets financial flexibility moving off the $73M owed Walker with the return of Horford. OKC has three first-round picks in July now. Thunder can work with Walker on what’s next for him as they did with CP3, ‘Melo and Horford. https://t.co/xKQS56kfYh
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Horford last played with the Celtics in 2019 before signing with the Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent.
Meanwhile, this marks yet another cunning move by Thunder general manager Sam Presti who over the past few years has been able to turnover the likes of Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook for an abundance of future assets and young players.
Oklahoma City now owns three first round picks in the 2021 NBA draft.
Walker has struggled to find his footing in Boston. The point guard signed on with the team to a massive deal two years ago and has since battled injury and inconsistency. Nevertheless, at 31-years of age, it is still extremely possible that Walker’s play reverts back to his Charlotte Hornets days.
In two seasons with the Celtics, Walker has averaged 20 points and five assists per game.