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December 18, 2014 Updates

Ainge also fielded a hypothetical question: if Boston traded Rondo and did not receive a marquee star in return, how long Celtics fans can tolerate having a team with no stars on it? "I think Celtics fans want to see good team basketball and winning basketball. I think we need to start moving in that direction," Ainge said. "We need to win -- play the game the right way and win. I don't know if stars are required. I mean, winning is what's important. It's assumed in the NBA that stars are needed and that's true, but there's been some successful teams without a star. But I have every intention of continuing to try to find stars. When I say stars, I mean great players that have a positive effect on winning. Not stars that people want to watch, but stars that help winning basketball. Because I think that's what Celtics fans want, is to win." Booth Newspapers

That was the plan to some degree even into last week. But president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has, according to league sources, begun to realize that the chances of acquiring an impact player are moving from slim to pipe dream and that the feared longer rebuild may be on the horizon. Boston Herald

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Brandon Bass has continued to play very well for the Celtics, which means there’s a chance he may not be with the team this entire season. Scouts and opposing front-office types have begun to speak and inquire about the 29-year-old forward, a practice that’s generally a precursor to discussing a trade. Danny Ainge could not be reached on whether teams have called about Bass — not that he would say anyway — but it certainly makes sense. Boston Herald

His teammates and coach certainly have appreciated the way he’s gone about his business, playing hard and well and not lamenting the fact he signed for a contending situation and now is part of a rebuilding group. “If there’s a team competing for a championship and they could steal him, that’d be big,” said Rajon Rondo. “He’s one of the best mid-range shooters in the league. “He’s a professional. That’s why he’s here. That’s why he’s getting paid the big bucks. He does what it takes to stay at this level, and he’s playing at a high level. Regardless of whether he’s starting or coming off the bench — you know, there are nights where he may play 30 (minutes) or play 10 — he’s consistent. He’s always been really consistent and ready to go.” Boston Herald

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LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Stephen Curry, who were each an all-star last season. "It was an honor," Thomas said of the call from Ainge. "Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, all the history here, the tradition. It was definitely an honor." Talks did not go much further than that, with Thomas ultimately agreeing to a four-year, $27 million contract with the Kings as part of a sign-and-trade that sent him immediately to the Suns where he has teamed up with Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe to form one of the best scoring point guard rotations in the NBA. "With those three guys, we feel usually we have two on the floor and we can attack and break down the defense," said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough, a former assistant GM with the Celtics. CSNNE.com

November 16, 2014 Updates

“The two offers were (Lakers center) Andrew Bynum, and I was afraid of his knees, and Big Al — and then some draft choices and other throw-ins and stuff like that,” McHale said. “I liked Andrew Bynum as a player. I liked Al, because he was a better scorer, but when you looked at Bynum, I was just so afraid of his knees and all the stuff that goes with that. “I know what people say about me and Danny, but if you look at what the Celtics (offered), Al and the picks, it was the best of the offers that were out there. I was actually surprised in one way, because there weren’t many teams we could deal with.” That factor came into play last year when the Celts traded Paul Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn in what ended up being a limited market. But in ’07, it caught McHale a bit off-guard. Boston Herald

October 28, 2014 Updates

Ainge’s job is not in jeopardy, nor should it be. Sources within the organization and without agree he has done what has been available to him. Yet this is not a completely comfortable time. “I feel pressure from within,” Ainge said. “I have this fear of failing. But I’m also very content. “I want desperately to put up more banners in Boston, but I know that I can’t be impatient and that I can’t listen to those that don’t really know what’s going on. I have to listen to the people I trust and trust my own instincts. I think just being patient is key.” Boston Herald

Ainge denies that it’s difficult to grind through this phase of reconstruction, though to have seen the competitiveness he displayed as an athlete and in this job makes one wonder whether he’s being entirely honest with you or himself. “It’s not hard,” he said. “It’s just what it is. . . . Every year, your team sort of determines your goals and what they believe they can accomplish, and sometimes lesser goals are fun to try to accomplish just as much as higher goals.” Boston Herald

October 26, 2014 Updates

This Celtics era has no catchy name. Twenty-five win teams don’t carry swagger. The Celtics spent each day trying to figure out how to get better, how to compete and thrive again, how to emerge from being the fourth priority in this sports-crazed city and how to acquire the star talent required to return to prominence. “We don’t really look at it as rebuilding or changing direction, we’re trying to build a championship,” said Ainge matter-of-factly. “We have some really nice players and I know Brad is really understanding the NBA game and all the things that come from making the transition to coaching in college. I couldn’t be happier with Brad and his staff. I think he’s done a great job of communicating to all the players.” Boston Globe

Eventually, Ainge and the Celtics’ brass hope the organization can become a contender again by attracting a franchise-caliber player. Until then, the “don’t call it rebuilding” plan continues in earnest. “Players will want to come to Boston, but not all players will and we understand that,” Ainge said. “Right now my focus is on Opening Night. I’m excited how this team comes together on the court. We don’t even know who’s going to be free agents. We don’t know who’s going to sign contract extensions. We don’t know who is going to decide who is going to stay with their own teams. We’ll be ready for that when the time comes.” Boston Globe

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