Jones was asked, directly, if he didn’t get a fair chance to showcase his talents in Oklahoma City. “I’m going to say yeah,” Jones said after a slight hesitation. “I’m just happy for this fresh new start — new start, new system, different conference — just a whole different new start. Hopefully everything works for the best.” Jones made sure to stress that he grew during his time in Oklahoma City. Asked what he learned, he noted, “Working hard every day, whether you get minutes or not, whether you are playing or not, whatever the case may be. Just come in and work, that’s something I pride myself on.”
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But the Celtics are going to give Jones every opportunity to prove he deserves to stay before they decide on his future. And, at this point, all Jones is looking for is a fresh start and a chance. “With OKC, there hasn’t been as much of an opportunity for him to play as much as he would like as a youngster on a team trying to compete for a championship,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said while introducing Perry on Monday. “But [he is] very athletic — a different type of player than we have in the frontcourt right now with his athleticism and length.”
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Some members of Charlotte’s front office liked the Boston deal, but Michael Jordan, the team’s owner and ultimate decision-maker, preferred Kaminsky to a pile of first-rounders outside the lottery, per several sources. That’s justifiable, if you think your guy at no. 9 has a chance at stardom. The talent gap between no. 9 and no. 15 is real; ask Boston how it felt to squeeze into the playoffs, get demolished by a Cavs team in chill mode, and watch Justise Winslow fall right where it could have picked had it won three fewer games.
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Though Crowder always wanted to return, he admittedly needed some sign of president of basketball operations Danny Ainge’s good intentions. “When I first came here you guys were saying tanking, and that was real bad,” Crowder said of his initial reaction after arriving from the Dallas Mavericks as part of last December’s Rajon Rondo trade. “I didn’t want to be a part of that, selfishly because I don’t like losing. I had to ask our direction moving forward. (Ainge) responded well, as you can see. I’m pleased with the guys he brought in. I talked to Danny, the coaches and everyone. I wanted to know the direction. Moving forward we’re going to win playoff games, and that’s something we didn’t do last year. We’re taking steps. We want to get to Banner 18, but we have to win a playoff game first.
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