Since the Boston Celtics were eliminated from the NBA postseason by the Brooklyn Nets in the first-round, there have been a ton of trade talks about the Boston Celtics looking to move on from Kemba Walker. When Boston made the move to promote Brad Stevens to general manager, these talks began to escalate and now, news broke on June 18 about the Oklahoma City Thunder striking a deal with the Celtics.
First reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics agreed to trade Kemba Walker, their 2021 1st Round pick (Pick #16) and a 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for F/C Al Horford, C Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick.
“Kemba is a true professional and a great teammate and player,” newly appointed Celtics’ GM Brad Stevens said in a statement after the trade was announced. “I want to thank him for his tremendous impact, and the positive contribution he’s made both to the Celtics and the City of Boston.”
Trading away Kemba Walker was a big move for the Boston Celtics not only so they could free up some cap space, but so they could bring back Al Horford, a key player for them from 2016-2019. Adding Horford back to their rotation gives them some much needed help in their frontcourt, which was a weak-point for the Celtics during the 2020-21 season.
Now, with Walker in Oklahoma City, the question that now exists is what does general manager Sam Presti and the Thunder’s front-office have planned moving forward? With 36 total draft picks through the 2027 NBA Draft, there is an endless world of possibilities for the Thunder and as a result, Kemba Walker may just be a placeholder for them at the moment.
They could keep Kemba Walker through the end of his contract, making their team very similar to how it was during the 2019-20 season when they were led by veteran point guard Chris Paul, but Presti and the Thunder could also look to flip Walker for more future assets.
If this is the case and the Thunder are not looking to keep Kemba Walker long-term, here are three teams that could potentially look to trade for the former All-Star point guard at some point in the future.