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Why did the Celtics swap Kemba for Horford?



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“Kemba is a true professional and a great teammate and player. 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.” – Brad Stevens

Instead, Walker appeared in only three of Boston’s five first-round games against the Nets, never scoring more than 17.

At 31 years of age, it’s hard to imagine Walker’s health heading in the right direction, at least not in the ways a Celtics team hoping to go on an extended playoff run would need.

“Al played a critical role both on and off the court during his time in Boston, and we’re excited to welcome he and his family back to the Celtics,” said Stevens. Co/cJo0NW193P

– Boston Celtics June 18, 2021

Whether it’s moving the ball from one side of the court to the other or finding teammates from the high post, Horford has established himself as a playmaking hub from the center position. Without Kemba, are the Celtics confident letting Marcus Smart run point or handing the keys to Pritchard in his second season? Will there be an answer in free agency or with another trade?

But after last season’s disappointing finish, it was clear that the Celtics couldn’t just run it back.

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