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NBA Rumors: Celtics Tried To Keep Al Horford, Land Kemba Walker In 3-Team Trade

(via NESN)

(via NESN)

The Boston Celtics had ambitious plans this past summer, as the C’s reportedly had talks with the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets to execute a three-team trade.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, this deal would have sent Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn, Terry Rozier to Charlotte and Kemba Walker to Boston. If all these moves happened, Bulpett stated Al Horford would have stayed in Boston.

This comes a few days after the big man told the Boston Herald his free agency decision “would have been totally different” if he knew Walker was signing with the Celtics.

“To stay within collective bargaining and salary cap regulations, the Celtics would have had to execute a three-way trade that got Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn, Terry Rozier to Charlotte and Walker to the Celtics. The Nets could get Irving without any help, and no doubt they would have wanted something of value in exchange for doing the Celts a favor.

“Sources indicated that such talks took place, and while nothing ever got to the point where a final agreement could take place, Brooklyn had a price, and it could have been met.”

In the end, the Dominican big man decided to take his talents to Philadelphia, where the 76ers offered him a four-year, $109 million contract to end his three-year spell with the Celtics. As for Walker, he ultimately went to the C’s as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Hornets, agreed to a four-year deal with the Celtics this offseason. Rozier was sent to Charlotte, while Irving signed with the Nets.