Austin Ainge Rumors
IThe Celtics likely will have the most intriguing summer league team in Utah and Las Vegas when play begins next month. In addition to adding the No. 1 overall pick and potentially three second-round choices, director of player personnel Austin Ainge said Boston’s core of returning players is expected to include Jaylen Brown, Jordan Mickey, Ante Zizic and Demetrius Jackson, among others.
Zizic’s strong play at such a high level has only strengthened the Celtics’ confidence in the next step. “July 1 just has to roll over on the calendar, and we’ll sign him,” Austin Ainge said. “He wants to be here, and we want him here.”
Austin Ainge, Celtics director of player personnel, said because of the ankle sprain, no decision has been made as to whether the 6-foot-8, 260-pound big man will be in town to play or whether the focus will be on treating his ankle injury and not putting him on the floor. “He will come and be evaluated by medical staff and we will make a plan from there,” Ainge told CSNNE.com.
“I was very pleased with the way he played,” said Austin Ainge, the Celtics’ director of player personnel, who traveled to China last December to watch Yabusele play. “I think Guerschon’s strengths right now are his size and ability to play multiple positions, either 4 or 5. His 3-point shooting and passing are wonderful for a big guy.”
Said Yabusele: “All I am saying is, in every league, you can find people who play defense and people who don’t. I think the CBA is a good league. People say they don’t play defense and things like that, but think about it — if you have some players who can accomplish a lot in this league, they can also do it elsewhere. They are just good. It’s like when you are guarding Kobe Bryant and he’s killing everybody, it doesn’t mean the defense is bad. I really think a lot of players here can do the same thing in other leagues where there’s definitely defense.”