A. I'll believe it when I see it, but where there is smoke, there is often fire.
2. It is well known that I've always been a fan of Walker's (I'm a sucker for the wiggle) and I still think he does bring a lot to the table. However, I've also acknowledged since before we traded him away, that the team is most likely better off without him due to his style of play. It always seems to boil down to the same thing. He has the talent to do so much, but he's never put it all together and he likely never will.
III. I believe wholeheartedly that if O'Brien is still in good favor with his management (which has been called into question as recently as a week ago) then they would not hesitate to make a move to acquire Walker. They have Glen Robinson's expiring salary and they have yet to pull Dalembert off the market. If they want Walker, I'm sure Robinson and Dalembert would get it done. The Celtics would likely have to either include Payton or Davis in a deal. I don't think Walker is an upgrade to either one. The only other option is to use Raef's salary, which goes against everything the Hawks are trying to do. I do believe Ainge will listen, but unless a third team gets involved, I don't believe its going to happen. On the other hand, we could always help out the Sixers if they want to give us Dalembert.