HoopsHype Danny Ainge rumors

June 27, 2014 Updates

The Celtics would have selected Joel Embiid with the No. 6 pick in the NBA Draft had the Kansas center slipped to them, Ainge told the Toucher & Rich show Friday morning. "He was not red-flagged, meaning, “Stay away at all costs.” said Ainge. "He was rated a little bit less than that with risk, but he was guy that we were looking at had he fallen." Boston Globe

Asked directly if he would have selected Embiid, Ainge said, "Yes, we would’ve." Boston Globe

Danny Ainge tried to put an end to those questions Thursday night by indicating moving Rondo was not in the team's plans. Ainge responded with a simple 'yes' when asked if the team will move forward with their veteran point guard on the roster. Instead of talking about moving Rondo, Ainge was adamant in stating he thinks Rondo, Smart, and Avery Bradley can all play together. "[Smart's] a very versatile player," Ainge said. "Easily those guys can play together. I think they would really thrive playing together, all of them." Boston Globe

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With the players they are inviting for workouts and from what agents are hearing, fully expect the Celtics to trade to get back into the second round. The club is looking at guard prospects such as Xavier Thames, Semaj Christon, Johnson and Russ Smith. The Celtics traded their second-round pick to Dallas to swap picks last year to select Kelly Olynyk, and that pick is now a valuable No. 34 . . . What has drawn the attention of most 30-something NBA players about Fisher’s hiring as coach by the Knicks was his $5 million salary per season. Most players fully realize they will never match their NBA salary following their playing careers, but a $5 million salary could encourage astute players such as Battier to enter the coaching field Boston Globe

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Several league sources believe that Celtics GM Danny Ainge is locked in on Gordon. While Gordon's shooting is a concern, he is a strong rebounder and shot blocker who can defend either forward spot and has been compared to Shawn Marion. A trade is possible here, too. Ainge is always on the lookout for a make a blockbuster deal, and with Boston's assets he is more than equipped to do so. SI.com

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Faverani may be a little under the radar, but he could well play a prominent role next season. “I think he proved he was good,” said Ainge. “When he was getting minutes for us and when he was playing in the D-League, I think he proved to everyone that he’s an NBA player. He was the only guy on our team this year that was actually any presence at the rim at all. Because Hump (Kris Humphries) was playing well, and Brandon and Kelly and Sully were all playing well, it was just tough for him to get in the rotation. There’s also the language barrier and a cultural thing, but as far as the talent, we think he is definitely an NBA player. I’d like to get an additional (rim protector), but I think Vitor has proven he can play a role for us.” Boston Herald

May 17, 2014 Updates

“Those are the hardest things to find in our business — you know, guys that can finish games, guys that can really score points,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said yesterday. “The Kevin Durants and LeBron Jameses that we’re watching now — Paul George — are the hardest things to find. I think that nobody in this draft can do that for us right away. Could some people in this draft develop into some of those players? I hope so, but those guys are hard to find.” Boston Herald

“There are a lot of good players in this draft, guys that can be starters and guys that can play major roles on really good teams,” Ainge said. “But I’m not sure that there are those 20-to-25-point-a-game guys. Jabari averaged 19 points a game in the ACC, so he seems to be the most prepared to do that. (Joel) Embiid’s a rim protector. Wiggins is one of the freakiest athletes that’s come along, and he scored 16 or 17 a game in a tough conference. That’s probably why everyone’s talking about them at the top of the list, because they bring that scoring ability and that scoring potential to the table.” Boston Herald

“Zach LaVine is very raw,” Ainge said. “He didn’t score much down the stretch (for UCLA). I think (Julius) Randle, although he hasn’t shown he can shoot the ball, is still very young and he has some great scoring potential. Marcus Smart scored 18 points a game in the Big 12. He hasn’t shot the ball well, but he has very good scoring potential. (Dante) Exum, I think, has real good potential to be a scorer and a playmaker. Aaron Gordon’s another guy. These guys are all so young.” Exum would appear to be the most intriguing of the “others.” He has the skills and size that is leading teams to believe he could become special, perhaps enough to challenge Parker, Embiid and Wiggins for a place among the top three. Boston Herald

If the Celtics land on such higher ground, they would have to think long and hard. It’s most important they correctly predict who might be magnetic. “Agreed,” Ainge said. “I mean, that’s a big part of development. It’s hard to predict. It’s really hard to predict who’s going to get better. That’s why there’s such an emphasis on size and body type and how smart they are, how hard they work. That’s why we do all this work in trying to predict who are going to be the guys who succeed.” Boston Herald

May 16, 2014 Updates

Ainge is intrigued by the large pool of the players the Celtics are studying for the 17th pick. “There’s some good talent in that pick,” he said. “Yeah, we’ve got to make the right ones, get the right guys. We don’t take needs. We take the best players available.” Boston Globe

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