NBA Twitter reacts to Kemba Walker-Al Horford trade between Thunder, Celtics

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Reports around NBA Twitter gave generally positive reviews to the Oklahoma City Thunder for their trade with the Boston Celtics that centered around Al Horford and Kemba Walker.

The Thunder received point guard Kemba Walker, the No. 16 pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round pick in exchange for center Al Horford, center Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, the team announced on Friday morning.

In gaining Walker, Oklahoma City can hope to replicate the reclamation projected that was successful with Horford last season and Chris Paul the year before.

The first-round draft pick is the third that the Thunder currently own.

Here are some reactions from NBA reporters:

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To clarify, if the Rockets’ pick drops to No. 5, the Thunder would not have pick No. 18.

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From the Boston perspective of the deal:

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Getting off that money really helps, though:

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Not only is that path a little easier, but the Celtics got below the luxury tax. It will put them in better position to re-sign Evan Fournier and use the MLE, though they will have to make other moves if they want to remain under the tax.

Check out MassLive for more detail on the merits of such a trade for Boston:

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