“As you know I’m a fan of Evan and I think he’s had a really good year,” Ainge said. “I think he’s had a good two years [with the Celtics]. He won a lot of games for us. Down the stretch of games, he’s a good guy to have on your team, he’s a versatile player. He plays multiple positions.” When asked if he’d like to re-sign Turner, Ainge said: “Yes. We’re big fans of Evan. I think Evan likes us and we like him.”
September 24, 2016 | 8:40 pm EDT Update
“Last year was frustrating, numbers individually was pretty solid, but just the love and excitement wasn’t there,” he said. “So I had to look in the mirror this summer and realize that I got to change and I got to get back to how I was.” To that end, he refocused this offseason and put an emphasis on becoming a better leader. He organized players-only training and outings in both Miami and Las Vegas in an attempt to create cohesiveness within the group before camp. “Just getting to know somebody and hanging out … it was really good,” he said. “That’s going to carry over onto the court.”
When Sam Dekker began his career with the Rockets a year ago, he was already trying to make up for lost time and battling back problems. He had sat out most of the summer and never could get over the back issues that put him out until opting for the surgery that cost him most of his rookie season. After just one practice of the Rockets training camp on Saturday, Dekker felt as he never did last season. “It feels really good,” Dekker said. “I’ve had a great summer. This is the best I’ve ever felt in my life. Really good energy with the team. We have a lot to be optimistic about.”
September 24, 2016 | 5:50 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Kevin Garnett has been released by Minnesota on NBA waivers. Official end to an iconic 21-year career.