The Boston Celtics Trade Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder

Brad Stevens is already making moves just two weeks after taking over as President of basketball operations for The Boston Celtics. A trade was announced Friday morning involving the Boston Celtics, and Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a trade. Oklahoma City receives Kemba Walker, the 16th pick in the 2021 NBA draft and a 2025 second-round pick. Boston gets Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a 2023 second-round pick in return.

With this trade, Boston gets a significant amount of flexibility. Walker was owed $70 million over the next two years, and he had a $36 million player option. Horford is owed $53.3 million over the next two years, but only $41 million of that money is guaranteed. The Celtics can now sign back Evan Fournier or even go after a big name 2022 free agent.

Multiple sources around the NBA report that Oklahoma City in a similar fashion to that they did with Chris Paul and Danny green. Oklahoma City will likely look to move Walker on draft night as OKC has 7 draft picks. Walker doesn’t fit the Thunder’s timeline and youth movement.

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