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Philadelphia 76ers trade Al Horford to Oklahoma City for Danny Green in multi-player deal

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Al Horford to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green in a multi-player, multi-pick deal, a person familiar with the trade told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the trade is official.

The 76ers, who also get Terrance Ferguson from Oklahoma City, will also send to Oklahoma City the 34th pick in Wednesday’s draft, a protected first-round pick in the 2025 draft and the rights to Serbian point guard Vasilije Micic, whom the Sixers selected with the 52nd pick in the 2014 draft.

Oklahoma City continues to stockpile draft picks as it tries to reload. The Thunder now have at least a dozen first-round picks through 2026, giving general manager Sam Presti ample opportunity to score big in the draft. In the past week, the Thunder have accumulated three first-round picks in trades with the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Photo: AP)

In Wednesday night’s draft, the Thunder have two first-round picks (Nos. 25 and 28) and one second-round pick.

Micic, who plays in the Turkish pro league, may never join the NBA, but he is considered one of the best point guards in Europe.

The Sixers free themselves of a large contract and a bad fit. Horford, who has three years and $81 million left on his deal, just didn’t work in a lineup that featured center Joel Embiid and point-forward Ben Simmons.

Green, who was just traded to Oklahoma City from the Los Angeles Lakers for Dennis Schroder, is a better fit, giving the Sixers 3-point shooting and perimeter defense.

This is also the first major move for Daryl Morey, who was named Sixers president of basketball operations shortly after stepping down from a similar role with the Houston Rockets.

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