Number 6: Kemba Walker never logged a minute for the OKC Thunder
Kemba Walker was past his prime and on an awful contract when the OKC Thunder were paid to take on his deal from the Boston Celtics. This was part of a more significant deal with the Celtics re-acquiring Al Horford to allow them to go on a title run that saw them finishing runner-up to the Golden State Warriors.
The OKC Thunder shipped out Moses Brown, Al Horford, and a second-round pick (Amari Bailey in this year’s draft) to receive Kemba Walker, a first-round selection (Alprene Sengun, who OKC sent to Houston), and a 2025 second-round pick.
That trade went through on June 18, 2021. Kemba Walker hung around Oklahoma City until he was finally waived on August 6, 2021. During that time, there was plenty of speculation about what the Thunder would do with Walker.
Would they make him their next project to overhaul his NBA perception and flip him for assets later? Would they tell him not to report? Or would they waive him?
Ultimately, the OKC Thunder elected to waive Walker, prompting him to sign with the New York Knicks.
Kemba Walker played in 37 games for the Knicks, averaging 11 points, hauling in a trio of rebounds, and dishing out nearly five assists per game.
Walker is a four-time All-Star, including an All-NBA nod in the 2018-19 season. At one time, his thrilling buzzer beaters, step-back jumpers, and overall style of play made him one of the most fun players to watch in the entire NBA.
The UCONN product played for four franchises in his NBA career but never logged a minute during his short OKC Thunder stint.