Austin Ainge Rumors
Danny Ainge’s opinion did not change, but the lukewarm showing ignited some concerns among others on the staff. “We were like, ‘Wow, that was bad,’ ” Austin Ainge said. So the Celtics made an unusual request: They wanted Smart to return for a second workout. “I’m going to come back better this time than I was last time,” Smart told his agents at Wasserman. “And if they want me to come back a third time, I’m gonna be even better.” In Smart’s second workout, his competitive fire was apparent. He had something to prove. “I was getting to the rim, making shots, playing defense,” he said. “I made my dominance known.” Said Danny Ainge: “Our staff was not on the same page before that. His second workout allowed us to collectively and unanimously be on the same page.”
Jay King: No surprise but Cs don’t sound like they want to use all four of their draft picks. Will look into other options. Austin Ainge: “I don’t think it’s any secret that we have four picks, and it probably wouldn’t be great for us to have four rookies on our team next year. So we are explrong options for guys who would play in the D-League, play in Europe, trades. All of these things are possible with the number of picks we have.”
If there’s a knock on Portis, it’s that he doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally well. But he has versatility and that edge. “He’s tough, very physical, and for a young kid has a great feel for the game,” Celts director of player development Austin Ainge said. “He can shoot, dribble, pretty good at everything. “He’s absolutely (versatile). He can play the 4 and the 5. He’s smart, strong, and he can shoot.”
On Saturday, as the Celtics continued to work out players for the 2014 NBA draft, Celtics director of player of personnel Austin Ainge announced what his father Danny would’ve done. “I personally was not working here. But I was in college and I was in the draft room, and they would have taken Durant. I did have some inside information there,” Ainge said.
The Celtics may or may not get a chance to take Shabazz Napier in the June 26 NBA Draft. But team personnel executive Austin Ainge made one thing clear his opinion Monday after Napier’s workout for the team: Napier will be playing somewhere in the NBA eventually. “Shabazz is so clever and shifty,” Ainge said. “He is very hard to stay in front of because he really changes directions very well. He’s quick but he is even shiftier than he is quick. He’s very clever and he can make shots. “Shabazz is not physically overwhelming, toughness, intelligence and skill and has extra savvy so he more than makes up for it. He’s going to make it is my guess. He’s a good player.”