The Celtics will trade star goalie Kemba Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a second-round pick in 2023, sources said. Adrian Wojnarowski d’ESPN.
Boston will also send Oklahoma City the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft plus a second-round pick in 2025.
Walker, 31, averaged 19.3 points, 4.9 assists, four rebounds and 1.1 steals in 43 games last season for the Celtics.
A left knee problem limited him throughout his two Boston campaigns. Walker missed nearly a month to start the 2020-21 season, then a bone contusion in the same knee sidelined him for the Celtics’ final two games of their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.
Walker signed a four-year up to $ 141 million contract with the Celtics in 2019 as part of a signing and trade that sent Terry Rozier to the Charlotte Hornets. Trading Walker relieves Boston of the remaining $ 73 million on his contract, Wojnarowski Remarks. However, the Celtics will now have to shoulder the roughly $ 53.5 million owed to Horford, 35, until 2022-23.
Horford missed the final two months of the season as part of a mutual deal with the Thunder as the team prioritized the development of their young players. He recorded 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 28 appearances. Horford adapted for the Celtics from 2016 to 2019.
Once finalized, the exchange will be Stevens’ first move since becoming Boston’s basketball operations chief on June 2. The 44-year-old replaced longtime Celtics executive Danny Ainge, who retired after 18 years with the franchise.