Celtics trade Kemba Walker to Thunder in NBA bombshell

Kemba Walker’s time in Boston is over.

The Celtics are trading Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick to the Thunder for 35-year-old Al Horford, center Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, according to ESPN.

The Celtics traded Kemba Walker to the Hornets
The Celtics traded Kemba Walker to the Hornets
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The move comes just over a week after a report by Bleacher Report that said Walker and the Celtics were on the brink of a breakup.

Walker reportedly felt unwanted and “hurt” in Boston after former GM Danny Ainge attempted to trade him in his first year with the team in 2019.

Ainge stepped down from his position after Boston’s first-round playoff elimination at the hands of the Nets. Brad Stevens was promoted from coach to Ainge’s position in the front the office, and the Celtics are on the hunt for a new head coach.

Walker, who turned 31 in May, was set to collect $36 million in 2021-22, and had a $37 million player-option for 2022-23 as part of his four-year, $141 million max deal that the Celtics gave him as part of a sign and trade with the Hornets.

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