In what’s been a busy week for the NBA, the Boston Celtics have continued to make important adjustments.
In response to ESPN’s Adrian’s Wojnarowski, the Celtics have agreed to commerce Kemba Walker, the sixteenth total choose within the 2021 NBA Draft and a 2025 second-round draft choose to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder in alternate for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round choose.
Walker, a four-time All-Star who’ll be heading into his eleventh season within the NBA in 2021-22, has had a attempting time in Boston.
Regardless of each he and the Celtics’ apparent wishes to succeed collectively, Walker’s on the courtroom manufacturing has been substandard when in comparison with the eye-opening performances he put up with the Charlotte Hornets in latest seasons.
Add on prime of that an uncharacteristic stroke of misfortune with regard to accidents (Walker’s missed 56 video games since becoming a member of the Celtics), and one can say that shifting on from the promising partnership is finest for each events.
That mentioned, the Thunder in rebuild mode, as they proceed to stockpile picks. Apparently sufficient, most of the prospects projected to go within the vary of the sixteenth total choose play within the backcourt.
The 31-year-old veteran could want to discover his choices—whether or not it’s a commerce, an eventual buyout, or enjoying out the rest of the season earlier than making a choice on his 2022-23 participant choice—with Oklahoma Metropolis, as Wojnarowski notes Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Al Horford had.
Whereas uncharacteristically streaky, Walker nonetheless averaged 18.6 factors and 4.9 assists per sport whereas enjoying subsequent to a pair of volume-scoring wings in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. He may flip a season with good numbers on an intriguing group right into a longer-term deal, ought to he stick with the Thunder.
In the meantime, Boston’s choice to commerce Walker indicators a robust inclination to deliver again guard Evan Fournier, who they acquired on the commerce deadline from the Orlando Magic. After reclaiming his beginning function, Fournier performed fairly properly for the Celtics, together with a postseason efficiency that noticed him averaging 15.4 factors and 1.2 steals per sport whereas taking pictures .433 % kind 3-point vary.
Their acquisitions of Horford and Brown even have important implications, as Tristan Thompson (who they signed within the 2020 offseason) may lose his beginning function to both of the 2.
Horford, who performed for Boston from the 2016-17 to 2018-19 season, grew to become a fan and organizational favourite in his time there. On the courtroom, his versatile skillset—primarily his mixture of floor-spacing and playmaking—may open up an offense that struggled with ball-movement final season.
The 7’2″ Brown may present the second unit with a robust inside presence on the inside for the Celtics after averaging 8.6 factors, 8.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 21.4 factors per sport for the Thunder final season (with 32 begins), opening the door for a possible Thompson commerce.