76ers trading Al Horford, draft picks to Thunder for Danny Green
Nov 19 2020
Trusted NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on ESPN the Thunder have traded Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson to the 76ers for veteran centre Al Horford and two draft picks. The Sixers also sent the 34th pick in Wednesday's draft to the Thunder and the rights to European point guard Vasilije Micic. Horford was a flop in the first season of a four-year contract worth $97 million and lost his starting spot late in the season.
The 27-year-old's stats were down in last year's Covid-affected season where he averaged 10.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, but he improved in the playoff bubble where he averaged a double-double before the Thunder were eliminated by the Houston Rockets.
This was the first major move under the new regime of team president Daryl Morey and coach Doc Rivers and shed the salary that appeared to hinder the Sixers from making any other major moves. After winning the 2020 championship with the Lakers he was traded to OKC earlier this week in a deal that saw Dennis Schroder head to Los Angeles.
Later Wednesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves reached an agreement with Oklahoma City to trade their 17th draft pick, Serbian forward Aleksej Pokusevski, for Rubio and the 25th and 28th picks, sources told ESPN.
The Al Horford experiment lasted exactly one season in Philadelphia.
Ferguson, 22, was a first-round pick by the Thunder in 2017, and he gives the Sixers another athletic defender on the wing.