Brad Stevens has been the Boston Celtics president of basketball operations for just a few weeks and he's already made a major trade.
The Celtics dealt point guard Kemba Walker, the No. 16 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and a 2025 second-rounder to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for centers Al Horford and Moses Brown. The best part of this trade for the C's is getting rid of Walker's contract, which had two years and around $73 million remaining on it.
There was a lot of reaction to this trade on social media, including from former New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. He even gave Stevens a new nickname.
Check it out in the post below:
"Trader Brad" isn't the most original nickname when you consider that Stevens' predecessor, Danny Ainge, was often referred to as "Trader Danny". In Edelman's defense, it's a fitting nickname based on Stevens' early tenure in his new role.
There could be more deals to come, too. This trade has given the Celtics better salary flexibility to make roster improvements and set themselves up to acquire a third star to play alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.