While the Thunder just landed Kemba Walker in a deal with the Celtics, Oklahoma City is expected to try to move the veteran point guard in another deal.
Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News cited a source in reporting that another trade of Walker is “imminent.” Winfield pointed to a left knee issue that has hindered his mobility among the reasons that the Thunder may quickly look to move on.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti expressed excitement about the Walker acquisition, indicating that Walker could add the same type of veteran leadership that was provided by Horford this past season and point guard Chris Paul the year before that.
The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reported that Walker was “heartbroken” about the trade after developing a strong bond with his Celtics teammates.
“He’s been out of the country,” Presti said. “We’ve been in Chicago (at the NBA Combine) so I’m going to spend some time with him next week and sit down and get a better feel for him as a person. Everything we know about him is extremely positive.”
Walker, 31, averaged 19.3 points and 4.9 assists in 43 regular-season games.
He is due to make more than $36 million next season, with a player option for more than $37 million in 2022-23.
“We’re excited to have him,” Presti said. “It’s hard to find guys that score and create shots in the NBA.”