The Thunder are hoping they can successfully run this process again, and general manager Sam Presti gave some insight on how the trade with the Boston Celtics came together during a June press conference. They’ve struggled to find consistent big man play since Horford signed a big contract with the 76ers in free agency.
“It made a lot of sense for both teams. I think it’s a great trade for the Celtics, I think great for us. I think it’s a pretty simple deal, I don’t think it’s super complicated,” Presti said.
“Al has been awesome for us and I think he’s thrilled about being back in Boston, so I’m glad that it worked for everybody.
Presti called Walker a high-character athlete and said that the scouting department has heard consistently positive things about the point guard.
Oklahoma City hopes the 31-year-old can begin playing like an All-Star again, and the organization received yet another first-round pick.
“The 16th pick in any draft is really, really hard to get a hold of, and getting a player like Walker, who like I said before, shot creation is at a big premium so it just makes sense for us,” Presti said.