On Friday, the change to the Boston Celtics during the offseason went ahead full steam. The Oklahoma City Thunder finalized the trade for Kemba Walker recently. In exchange, they will be giving over Al Hortford and Moses Brown to the Celtics.
Kemba Walker Had Struggled Recently
Adrian Wojnarowski, for ESPN, reports that along with the players, the Boston Celtics will be getting a draft pick for the second round for 2023. The complete deal from the Celtics’ side includes Walker (named in the All-star 4 times), the overall number 16 pick for the NBA Draft in 2021, as well as a pick for the second round for 2025.
The rumors and speculations were already at full speed for quite some time regarding a split between Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics. Walker had spent two seasons with the Celtics. On 9th June, Bleacher Report reported that the sides were possibly mutually agreed to move on from the relationship during the offseason
Kemba Walker has signed for the Boston Celtics in 2019 July. He was a part of a deal with the Hornets involving his signature and a trade. The stint had a good start. The team of All-stars featured Walker with an average of 21.8 points. He had a shooting average of 38.8% for three-pointers as well as an assist average of 5.0. He had started for 46 games.
However, later on, Walker suffered from prolonged absences because of injuries during the next season. Last season as well, the injuries had stayed on. His shooting percentage for three-pointers went down to 31 during the postseason of the 2020 season. In the offseason of the 2020-21 season, he missed 11 games after he underwent treatment for the injured knee. Nevertheless, his statistics were decent with an average of 19.3 points.