HoopsHype Danny Ainge rumors

June 30, 2014 Updates

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it clear on Monday afternoon that the team very much wants to have restricted free agent Avery Bradley back in the fold next season. The Celtics officially extended a $3.6-million qualifying offer to the 23-year-old shooting guard Monday morning –giving them the right to match any offer he receives as a restricted free agent – with Ainge saying after the press conference to introduce draft picks Marcus Smart and James Young that the Smart selection does not negatively influence Bradley’s future in Boston in any way. MetroWest Daily News

“I think Avery could be a very key player in us winning the championship,” Ainge said. “He does things that other players can’t do. His shooting continues to improve. We have all see in the past his terrific defensive abilities. I think he’s a big part of us.” MetroWest Daily News

June 28, 2014 Updates

"We challenge ourselves to think big. And [president of basketball operations Danny Ainge] is great at that and doesn't put himself in any boxes. People think that because we took those picks at 6 and 19 and didn't trade them, that means we're done, it's now only about young player development. We look at the whole spectrum of opportunities." CBSSports.com

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

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