Because Ainge used most of the Gordon Hayward trade exception to bring in Evan Fournier, acquiring another star would likely require sending Walker out to a team looking to take on recent or future first-round picks as a sweetener. The Thunder have come up several times as a good fit for such a deal after Sam Presti’s trade spree last offseason, especially with the idea of Al Horford returning to Boston to fill the hole left by Hayward. But the dream of being able to flip an aging star for young assets is gone and the gambit that he would recover his trade value appears to have failed.
September 28, 2021 | 3:46 pm EDT Update
Sean Highkin: Damian Lillard says he feels better physically to start this training camp than he has going into other seasons because he took 20 days completely off training after the Olympics. “I need to prioritize. I’m not 24 no more.”
Kellan Olson: Monty Williams said the biggest difference from a continuity perspective this year is having the same point guard. Makes things a whole lot easier. Cam Johnson agreed from a player’s perspective.
James Ham: Alex Len spoke to the media today. He said he tried to come back last season and it didn’t work out. He’s excited to be in Sac. Good depth. Physical player that can help add some personality and possibly some 3-point shooting.
September 28, 2021 | 3:30 pm EDT Update
Jeff Zillgitt: Within this story is obviously the Ben Simmons situation, and while the Sixers said yesterday they want him on the court, they’re also targeting the Western Conference for potential trade partners, I’m told.