Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford (42) shoots during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement / Pool Photo via AP)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers decided to give up Al Horford and a protected future first pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a big trade agreed on Wednesday, draft day.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that the Sixers will receive Danny Green and Terrence Ferguson from the Thunder in exchange. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
The Sixers will also send a protected first-round pick between the first and sixth picks in 2025. In addition, Philadelphia loaned its 34th pick in Wednesday’s draft to the Thunder and the rights to European point guard Vasilije Micic.
The 76ers dumped Horford just over a year after he was considered a prominent free-agent signing from the Boston Celtics. The Dominican fell short of expectations in the first year of a $ 4-for-97 million deal and lost his starting spot this season.
The Thunder will have to pay for Horford’s $ 27.5 million contract next year. Horford averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4 assists in his only season with the Sixers. He never settled in with center Joel Embiid and it was a huge disappointment in the season that cost Brett Brown his job.
This is the first big trade with new president Daryl Morey and coach Doc Rivers, who will part with a salary that apparently prevented the Sixers from making other transactions.
Horford lost the title at the end of the season and it seemed like he didn’t fit into the franchise with Rivers. The Sixers will receive salary flexibility with Green having a $ 15 million salary and one more year on his contract.
The Sixers still have the 21st pick in the draft and three more in the second round.
The Thunder sent Green to Philadelphia after acquiring him from the Lakers.