The first blockbuster trade of the NBA offseason is here, with the Boston Celtics sending Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford and pick swaps.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first broke the story , with the deal bringing Horford back to Boston along with center Moses Brown. In exchange for taking on Walker’s contract, Oklahoma City receives the No. 16 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
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 ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2021
It’s the first move for team president Brad Stevens, who stepped down as head coach and took over for Danny Ainge. Trade rumors surfaced early in June that Walker would be dealt this summer, and that’s the first thing Stevens did.
As word spread of the blockbuster deal, the NBA world lit up reactions to the huge move made by the Thunder and Celtics.
can we put that nba trade tweet away for a little bit— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) June 18, 2021
please don't encourage this
it's 915 am. i need breakfast.
The Thunder took on Horford for picks and then traded Horford for picks I’m cackling.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) June 18, 2021
"i told danny not to sign him." -brad stevens https://t.co/rFrFBbF7b9— bomani (@bomani_jones) June 18, 2021
Sam Presti is the Joey Chestnut of draft picks— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) June 18, 2021
Sam Presti racking up even more first round picks for job security. https://t.co/nqDW6RegdY— Randy (@pamsson) June 18, 2021
Latest update from the Real GM draft pick debt page. pic.twitter.com/jR5phFm1tK— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) June 18, 2021
brad stevens immediately trading kemba is mad funny— eliminated honi (@HoniAhm) June 18, 2021
Celtics found the one thing that would FINALLY get Kemba to stop smiling: trading him to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) June 18, 2021