Sport Boston Celtics Reportedly Tried To Trade Kemba Walker For 1 NBA Player
Real reason Celtics traded Kemba Walker
Will dumping Walker prove to be the solution to the Celtics' problems? Time will tell.In the immediate aftermath, an obvious question presented itself: why?
Earlier this week, news broke that the Boston Celtics had reportedly tried to trade point guard.
“A source close to Walker said he was hurt by Boston’s efforts to trade him, which created a rift in the Walker-Ainge relationship,” B/R’s Farbod Esnaashari reported.
“Walker has a great relationship with his teammates and looked forward to being a veteran mentor to Tatum and Brown, but the same can’t be said about Walker and the front office. He no longer feels wanted.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix revealed the player Boston tried to trade Kemba Walker for. Mannix reported the Celtics spoke with the San Antonio Spurs about a trade for LaMarcus Aldridge.
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Ainge has been a part of Boston’s front office for nearly 20 years. He was first hired as the executive director of basketball operations for the team in 2003. He has a long history with the franchise, as he also played for the Celtics from 1981-1989. Ainge has won two two NBA titles as a player in Boston and one as an executive.Ainge is known for being one of the most aggressive GMs in basketball, hence his nickname “Trader Danny.” He has both traded and acquired a number of star players over the years, most notably when he brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to Boston prior to the 2007-08 season.
"For Kemba to hear his name in trade rumors… that absolutely has frustrated him"
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Of course, those talks came before the Spurs eventually released Aldridge after he stopped suiting up for the team. He eventually signed with the Brooklyn Nets, but was forced to retire due to a heart issue.
Walker, of course, finished the season as a member of the Celtics after no trade went through. He’s still in the midst of a four-year, $140 million deal as well.
He is set to make $36 million in 2021-22, and then has a player option for 2022-23 worth $37.6 million.
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Report: Celtics trading Kemba Walker to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown, 2023 pick .
Kemba Walker's time with the Celtics is over. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojanrowski, the Boston Celtics are trading Walker, plus the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In return, the Celtics are getting Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a 2023 second-round pick. The Celtics are trading Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick to Oklahoma City for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2021 Walker, 31, came to the Celtics in 2019 by a sign-and-trade deal.