Brad Stevens didn’t wait long to make his first move as GM as the Boston Celtics agreed to trade Kemba Walker and their 2021 first-round pick to the Thunder for a package that includes former Celtic Al Horford.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics receive Al Horford, 7-foot-2 center Moses Brown, and the 2023 second-round pick. The Thunder receive Kemba Walker, the 2021 first-round pick, and the 2025 second-round pick.
Walker’s 2020 campaign was marred by injury, playing 43 out of the 72 games for the season with a balky knee. Walker’s inability to stay healthy during the season and in the playoffs dampered the chance at the Celtics’ forming some chemistry throughout the season. Despite the injury plagued year, Walker still averaged 19.3 points for Boston.
At age 34, Al Horford averaged 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds for a bad Thunder team. During his previous stint in Boston, Horford was a key cog for a team that took LeBron’s Cavs to the brink the Eastern Conference Finals.
Moses Brown played sparingly in his rookie season in 2019 but played in 43 games, starting in 32. He averaged 8.6 points and 8.9 rebounds for the year. In March against Boston, Moses Brown snabbed 19 rebounds in the first half. He has intriguing potential and could be a solid contributor early for Boston.