Danny Ainge Rumors
Although sources say he did play golf over the summer with a notable admirer from an Eastern Conference rival — Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge — Smith has greatly endeared himself to the locals in Cleveland with his appearances at Indians playoff games alongside Cavs teammates while still unsigned.
In 2007, he and then-head coach Doc Rivers had to weather public calls for their jobs. “Danny had done the best he could with the draft picks. Doc had coached the best he could with a team that wasn’t ready to win games,” Grousbeck said. “We couldn’t ask any more of those guys.”
As a general manager, Ainge has instigated with purpose, taking aggressive steps to achieve the team’s goals. Only three years ago, after trading Pierce and Garnett, the future was murky. Today, it’s clear: a contender in the East with arguably the most assets in the league. I asked Grousbeck if he would have believed me had I, back in 2013, told him the Celtics would be where they are today. He laughed. “I don’t believe it today.”
Noted Chipotle lover Danny Ainge no longer needs to pay for all of his burrito bowls. Before a Boston Celtics practice Tuesday afternoon, the team’s president of basketball operations showed off his Chipotle card to a handful of reporters. ESPN’s Chris Forbsberg snapped a photo: