Adams is on Boston’s radar, but it’s unclear where he falls in the team’s pecking order as far as players they plan to pursue, or exactly what they are willing to give up in order to acquire him. But if you’re talking about big men who can make a major impact, Adams is one of those players that has to be given serious consideration.
After three consecutive first-round playoff exits — two with Westbrook and George on the roster together — the Thunder should consider making everyone else available via trade. That doesn’t mean it’s time to make a panic deal involving Adams or Schröder, but their contracts make them the biggest pieces OKC has to make a sweeping change if that’s the route Presti wants to pursue. Despite some struggles against the league’s elite centers this season, Adams remains an excellent defender and valuable pick-and-roll piece. But he’s owed $25 million next season and $27 million in 2020-21, and that might scare off potential trade partners.
January 15, 2021 | 9:35 pm EST Update
Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Kevin Porter Jr. is back. Sort of. For the first time this season, Porter joined his teammates on the bench Friday night — the most promising sign of an eventual return that still has no official timetable.
Porter, who has been away from the team for personal reasons that stem from a Nov. 15 arrest, was permitted on the bench as part of the organization’s reintegration plan. According to sources, Porter also participated in practice Thursday afternoon. “It’s a way to start working him back into the mix,” a source said.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel was asked about how Trezz and Marc can match up against Steven Adams and his physicality. “Well those two guys are two of the most physical guys in the league too… That’s what we like about those guys being here at the center position alongside Anthony.”
Tim Bontemps: In addition to the Celtics players still in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols, two assistant coaches — Jay Larranaga and Jerome Allen — also are in them, according to a source. Neither are on the bench for Boston’s game tonight against Orlando.