Because Ainge used most of the Gordon Hayward trade exc…

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.
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