The Boston Celtics are making another blockbuster trade of a star player. This time, the player they’re trading is Kemba Walker, who’s been underwhelming in recent years. For the first time in six years, the Celtics will have two pairs of brothers headlining their backcourt. But while the Horford brothers are excited to reunite, they’re also understandably concerned.
The Boston Celtics traded their starting point guard, Kemba Walker, to the Brooklyn Nets for three things: A 2016 first round draft pick, 2018 second round draft pick, and 2018 second round draft pick.
Even before they have a new coach, the Boston Celtics have reportedly already taken their first step on the field, and it’s a big step. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team is sending disgruntled point guard Kemba Walker in exchange for his old friend Al Horford. This transfer was a trade for two big contracts, but it certainly strengthened another member of the Horford family.
Boston Celtics welcome back Al Horford
Boston Celtics’ Al Horford looks on during the second half of Game 4 of the 2019 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs semifinals at TD Garden on 06. May 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts at. (Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) After a disappointing 2020-21 season, the Celtics needed a change. You don’t waste time. Danny Ainge resigned as president of basketball operations shortly after the season. Brad Stevens, the team’s coach for the last eight years, moved to the front office to replace Ainge, leaving the Celtics without a coach. Stevens immediately went to work in his new position and closed his first case. According to Wojnarowski, the Celtics are sending Walker, the No. 16 pick in the 2021 draft and the second-round pick in the 2025 draft, to Oklahoma City. In return, they get Al Horford, Moses Brown and a second-round pick in 2023. Horford was a fan favorite in Boston in 2016-19. During his time in Boston, Horford averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He was an NBA All-Star during the 2017-18 season. The Philadelphia 76ers signed Horford to a four-year, $97 million contract through July 2019. The Sixers traded him to Oklahoma City in December.
Another Horford family member excited about Celtics deal
It made me smile about the Celtics for the first time in a long time. Al will bring a lot on and off the field in terms of leadership, commitment and experience….. What a great first step for Al. …And welcome home to @AnnaHorford and the entire Horford family. Boston laughs. https://t.co/fTjaRRpU6t – Nick Gelso (@CLNS_Nick) June 18, 2021 Horford’s coming back. At the time of writing, he has yet to receive any public comment regarding his return to Boston. Horford began his career nine seasons for the Atlanta Hawks before joining the Celtics. Since then, he has played for the Sixers and the Thunder. Anna Horford, Al’s sister, is a great support to her brother. She’s also a big fan of the Boston Celtics, even when he wasn’t on the team. She’s glad he’s back. We’re back, baby, she announced Friday morning on her Twitter page. Both Horfords fit perfectly in Boston. Al’s size will be needed and Anna will show that she is a true Celtics fan. She spoke out on social media and even criticized Philadelphia fans. When a Sixers fan told her that Philadelphia never liked you, she was quick to respond. Philly doesn’t even like Philly, she tweeted . Anna Horford loved being a part of Boston. This became clear during a recent trip to Iceland, when she tweeted that she had met a man from Boston there. Of course I found the only Bostonians in Iceland and became their best friend, she writes.
What the return of Al Horford means for the Celtics
With Horford’s return, Boston gains financial flexibility by being relieved of Walker’s $73 million debt. OKC now has three first-round picks in July. The Thunder can work with Walker on what to expect, just like they did with CP3, Melo and Horford. https://t.co/xKQS56kfYh – Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2021 While Horford was healthy last season, Oklahoma City has shut him down in the last 28 games. The team is clearly trying to rebuild at the expense of the first-timers and young players. Thunder finished with a 22-50 performance. According to ESPN, Horford has two years and $53.5 million left on his contract, $14.5 million of which is partially guaranteed for 2022-23. Walker has two years and more than $73 million to go. Walker expressed his desire to be traded after the Celtics tried to trade him during the season. His time in Boston was marred by knee pain that caused him to miss 29 games. Wojnarowski tweeted that the Celtics will have some financial flexibility to trade high-value contracts. Boston adds the necessary size to its front court. The Celtics also brought back a true fan in Anna. COMPARED TO: Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens makes shocking $70 million decision
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