Boston Celtics trade Abdel Nader to Oklahoma City Thunder
The 24-year-old was drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics as the 58th pick. However, despite impressing in the Summer League games, Abdel Nader was sent to NBA G-league affiliate the Maine Red Claws where he became the first internationally born player to win the Rookie of the Year award.
As a result, the Celtics signed Abdel Nader to a four-year rookie deal worth $6 million in 2017. Through his 48 games in Boston, with limited minutes in each game, he averaged 3 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game. Abdel Nader became just the second Egyptian to play in the NBA after Alaa Abdelnaby.
Before making the move to OKC, there were reports stating that Abdel Nader would be waived all-together by the Celtics. The small forward would have received $450,000 if he was waived before August 1 and close to $1.4 million if he was waived after August 1 due to his contract options.
The Egyptian joins a Thunder side that are still rebuilding after losing star Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors in 2016. In both seasons since the trade, the team hasn’t made it past the first round of the play-offs with a loss to the Houston Rockets in 2017 and a loss to the Utah Jazz in 2018.
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