Danny Ainge Rumors
“There’s a lot of talk that leads nowhere and groundwork that leads to something,” Ainge said in his weekly conversation with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show. “Teams are still trying to feel what their team is, what direction they’re headed, what the mix is, the fit.” And the Celtics are indeed one of those teams that he described.
But Ainge cautions that trade talks aren’t likely to take on a serious tone until the middle of this month. “[Now] It’s not the time of year where there’s a lot of activity for a lot of different reasons,” Ainge said. “From the middle of December through the middle of February, it’s really heated up and we anticipate our phones will be ringing.”
From all indications speaking to team sources around the league, Danny Ainge is still after the major trades he knows are needed. And no doubt he’s loving each story calling the 2017 draft one of the deepest and most talent-laden in many years, understanding that such talk could raise the value of the Nets’ pick that can be theirs. But while you know changes have to be coming, it might be helpful to begin preparing yourself to part with one or more players to whom you’re growing attached these days. The roster as current constituted doesn’t blend as well as the Celts would probably like, but that’s mainly a product of generally drafting the best player available without regard to role. The C’s have been in no position to do otherwise as they rebuild and gather assets they can either keep or develop for value in the marketplace.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked about Tommy’s statement Thursday morning on Toucher & Rich, and while he wouldn’t say if he’d put IT in the Top 5, he did said that Thomas and teammate Avery Bradley are certainly among the best competitors the franchise has seen. “Tommy gets very excited in the middle of a game. I would have to say, I think Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are every bit the competitors that I was around in my time with the Celtics. They’re fantastic competitors and compete night in and night out,” said Ainge. “They’re one of the top guard tandems [in the NBA]. I don’t even know who is better. Every night, those guys give their all against every back court in the NBA.”