Al Horford’s experiment lasted exactly one season in Philadelphia.
The 76ers agreed to trade Horford to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.
As part of the deal, Philadelphia will also send the 34th pick in Wednesday night’s NBA draft, a lightly protected 2025 first-round pick and the draft rights of Serbian guard Vasilije Micic to Oklahoma City.
The Thunder will send point guard Terrance Ferguson to the Sixers along with Green.
Horford, 34, signed a four-year, $ 109 million deal with Philadelphia as a free agent last summer as the Sixers hoped for the combination of taking him away from his blood rivals, the Boston Celtics, as well as pairing him with Joel Embiid. – whom he had always been defending effectively as a member of the Celtics – would pay dividends.
Instead, the fit between the two was awkward from the start and never got better, to the point where Horford was removed from the starting lineup for the first time in his career in favor of second-year point guard Shake Milton.
This trade also provides significant financial savings for the Sixers: more than $ 25 million in combined payroll and luxury taxes, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
This is the first move new president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has made since arriving in Philadelphia earlier this month after a 13-year stint in charge of the Houston Rockets.
The 33-year-old Green has been traded twice in a week, although, technically, he has yet to be traded once. The Thunder had previously agreed on Monday to trade guard Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers for Green and the 28th pick in Wednesday’s draft, sources told Wojnarowski. But because the Lakers can’t trade their pick until after this year’s draft is complete, the trade can’t happen until the Lakers have chosen themselves.