In Brad Stevens’ first major move since replacing Danny Ainge as president of basketball operations, the Boston Celtics will trade guard Kemba Walker, a 2021 first-round pick and an upcoming second-round Thunder from Oklahoma City for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a second-round pick, a person familiar with the details told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because they were not allowed to speak in public until the exchange was official.
Walker, who has battled injury with the Celtics, has two more years and $ 73.6 million on his contract. There was some frustration on Walker’s side after the Celtics tried to trade him early last season. The Celtics are making some room for the salary cap, but are now looking for a playmaker ahead of the draft and free agency.
Walker averaged 19.3 points and 4.9 assists in 43 regular-season games and missed Boston’s last two first-round playoff games against Brooklyn with injury.
For the Thunder, they continue to store first-round picks in their rebuild. The Thunder now have 19 first-round picks, including three in the 2021 draft.
Oklahoma City acquired Horford just before the start of the 2020-21 season from Philadelphia for more assets, including a future first-round pick. He only played 28 games for the Thunder and hasn’t played in the final two months of the season. Horford spent three seasons with the Celtics before signing with Philadelphia in free agency in 2019.