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January 27, 2015 Updates

Ainge is in his 12th season as president of basketball operations, and the summer before last he commenced a major roster reconstruction with the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The frequency of transactions has accelerated in recent weeks as the Celts gather draft picks and shed salary. “I feel like I love what we’re doing,” Ainge told the Herald. “I think that we have a big task and a real challenge ahead of us, and I love the challenge. I’m ready for the long haul, and we’re prepared to do it as quickly as we can. But I’m also ready to do it the long way of developing players into a good team. From my standpoint, I’m enjoying it. “I love what I do. I love the people I work with, and I think we just all take it a year at a time. But right now I’m looking at it as a phase. I plan on being here for a while, and I plan on Brad (Stevens) being our coach for a while, and I plan on us turning this thing around.” Boston Herald

January 22, 2015 Updates

In his 13th season as Boston’s chief executive, Ainge says he is enjoying the job “more than ever.” “I like the challenge,” he says. “I have a great deal of respect for the other 29 teams in the league. The teams are getting better managed every year. Everybody’s getting a little smarter with their assets. The draft is a challenge. Free agency is a challenge. The competition is great.” Portland Tribune

January 21, 2015 Updates

Boston has been calling around the league over the last week, reminding GMs that Philly isn’t the only team with salary space to rent out as we approach the February 19 trade deadline. Grantland

January 19, 2015 Updates

Ainge has made four deals since Jan. 9, and that’s after trading Rajon Rondo. Rivers, who left because he didn’t want to go through a rebuilding process, believes this bigger dig is the correct path. “It takes time. It’s hard,” he says. “I’ve been through it with Danny. It’s not a one- or two-year build. I knew that when they decided to do it, and Danny did, too. But I think it’s a city that can handle it, because they’ve done it before and people there know the game. You do have to get a little lucky, but, man, they have so many picks. I think they’ve done a masterful job with the way they’re doing it. Danny has put himself into a position to take the risk he wants to take at some point — to gather enough assets to go get that one guy that then gets the second guy that then gets the third guy. Eventually Danny’s going to get that one piece and then that second piece. But they’re set up to do it. Look at all the rebuilding teams, the Celtics are so far ahead of the game than everyone else, in my opinion, from what they’ve done.” Boston Herald

“Where I think I’ve grown already in my own job is that, if I don’t think the right ones are there, I’m moving them,” says Doc, who acquired son Austin in a deal with the Celtics on Friday. “I’m not scared to say I made a mistake. That, if Danny taught me anything, would be No. 1. You can’t do a job being scared to lose your job. If you make a great decision, great. If you make a poor decision, fine ­— now fix it. That’s my attitude. Danny, I thought, had such an advantage over a lot of the other GMs because guys wouldn’t change something if they made a mistake. They didn’t want to look bad. I really believe that’s part of Danny’s genius. And he taught me that you get what you want, or you don’t do the deal.” Boston Herald

January 15, 2015 Updates
January 12, 2015 Updates

A source told Sporting News that nothing has been worked out yet between Prince and Celtics team president Danny Ainge. The two are planning to meet, though, and will go from there. Ainge and Prince (whose contract is up this summer) could simply agree to a buyout, which would allow Prince to become a free agent and sign on with a contender. He would have value for contenders in need of wing depth, like the Clippers (Prince is from Los Angeles) or the Spurs (where Kawhi Leonard is recovering from a torn ligament in his hand). Sporting News

January 11, 2015 Updates

The Celtics are 37-79 over the last two seasons, with only a couple of prospects and the draft picks as hopes for improvement. “Listen, I think nobody wants to lose, not a player, not a coach, not a fan, not an owner. Not any of our sponsors. Not any of our season ticket-holders. I’m not any different than anybody else,” said Ainge. “Losing is tough on everybody, but I’ve been around the game enough that I can appreciate when we play to our potential and don’t get a win. I can appreciate a victory [Wednesday against Brooklyn] that wasn’t our prettiest victory but it was our hardest-fought game.” Boston Globe

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