Danny Ainge Rumors
Our annual check on scouts’ opinions of Celtics drafts has generally been quite kind, but many of the league’s talent evaluators are not exactly sold on first-round picks Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter. Told that the reviews for his work were not entirely kind, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge shot back, “You’re talking to the wrong people.”
Jerebko said that Danny Ainge called him shortly after midnight when free agency began to extend a contract offer. Similar to what new Celtic Amir Johnson stated earlier this week, Jerebko loved the fact that Boston wanted him more than any other team. “They just said that they really liked what I brought to the team and they wanted me back,” he said. “Like I said, it was my first choice to come back and play for both of them, Danny and coach (Brad Stevens), and play with my teammates.”
Bogans said he was called to the office of president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and told to leave the team. Team insiders said the decision was mutual, that Bogans wasn’t a positive influence, and the team wanted a more positive environment for the younger players. “To be honest with you, I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I was there and then I was gone. I don’t want to get into all that. He gave me a leave of absence and I never returned to Boston and that’s the first time something like that has ever happened in my career.”
Bogans said his reputation was damaged. “Of course, for a guy who’s been around the league as long as I have, I’ve stuck on every team I went to, I’ve never had a confrontation, don’t get in trouble, and to go to a young team and you ask me to go home, that looks bad on my résumé,” he said. “It looked like I didn’t want to be there where the whole time all I wanted to do was help. Of course that makes me mad. The way it ended, that’s not me and I can’t let my career end that way.” Ainge wouldn’t comment. “I talked to everybody,” Bogans said of the Celtics’ brass. “I shook Danny’s hand. I shook Brad’s hand at the [summer league] hotel. It’s nothing personal. People always ask me if I’m mad. Why am I going to be mad at those guys? It’s a business. If we get mad about business, then everybody in this gym would be fighting by now. I’m not mad at those guys.”
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters in Salt Lake City Thursday night that he doesn’t feel that Danny Ainge is done making moves this offseason. Thomas, who was acquired at last season’s trade deadline, played 21 games for the C’s last regular season and all four games of the team’s sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers.