HoopsHype Danny Ainge rumors


May 31, 2015 Updates
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Workouts are expected to continue Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, before Ainge departs for a player showcase in Europe. Expect bigger names — players more likely to be taken with the 16th pick — to come in as the draft draws closer. Thus far, with the exception of Arkansas power forward Bobby Portis, the Celtics have spent a lot of time looking at second round and free agent possibilities. “We joke every year that there’s 60 guys going in the top 30 picks,” Ainge said of players who envision themselves as a higher pick than the team asking them for a workout. “But players . . . believe in themselves. Outside of the top 10 picks it gets really hard. We see every year a guy who is projected 45 goes 15, and a guy who’s projected 15 goes 45. There isn’t a ton of separation. There’s a lot of players between pick 20 and pick 40 who aren’t that different. It’s hard to distinguish.” Boston Herald

May 26, 2015 Updates

“Teams are switching more,” says Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM. “And that means the post-up is still relevant.” Brutalize the switch, and a team may ditch the idea — unshackling the pick-and-roll again. Posting up against mismatches isn’t just for big guys, either. The Rockets know Terry can’t stick with Curry, but they can’t slide him over to Thompson or Harrison Barnes, either. Those guys aren’t high-volume post-up killers, but they’ve shown they’re just polished enough to do back-to-the-basket damage against shrimps. You don’t have to be great. You just have to be competent. That competence has been a crucial ingredient for Golden State in this series against Terry, and in past playoff series against Tony Parker and Ty Lawson. Grantland

May 25, 2015 Updates

Thomas lived in a hotel after being acquired in a February trade with the Suns, and he has still yet to purchase or even lease a home in Boston, so it has been difficult to get past a feeling of temporariness. But a recent conversation with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was both comforting and compelling. “Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know,” Thomas said by telephone. “That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball. It means a lot, and it’s a mutual respect we have. Now, hopefully, we can get a few guys.” Boston Globe

Thomas did not name specific players on his wish list during an interview with the Globe, but he said a rim-protecting big man would be at the top of it. “A defensive-minded player,” he said. “It’d be nice to get one of those in the draft. A lot of the big men out there could definitely help us out. But I know Danny is always up to something.” Boston Globe

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“Usually teams do one or the other. You try to compete, and that involves getting rid of young players, maybe bringing in some more veteran players, trading draft picks for vets. Or you rebuild, and that means trading away veteran players, really only focusing on picks and young players. The challenge is to do both. I think the really good organizations can do it, but it’s tricky. I think when you’re with an organization like the Celtics or the Suns that have great history and tradition, it’s not really acceptable or certainly not desirable to bottom out. You don’t want to bottom out and hope for luck in the lottery. “I admire the way the Celtics have done it,” he said. “They’ve done a tremendous job. They’ve got all the future picks in the queue that are coming down the line. They have some good young players. Obviously they have excellent management and coaching. The fans will see over time how things will work out.” Boston Herald

May 15, 2015 Updates

A Chicago-Boston deal involving Gibson and Avery Bradley would probably at least spark some initial talks. The Celtics need a little more force on defense from someone in their big-man rotation, and they’ll have a glut of perimeter players once James Young earns playing time. But Gibson’s age and Danny Ainge’s well-known love for Bradley — he turned down a first-round pick for Bradley at the trade deadline, per league sources — would likely scuttle any such deal. Grantland

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Danny Ainge on Jared Sullinger: "We’ve talked about this before,” Ainge said in his season-closing press conference. “I hate harping on it. Jared wants to be in great shape. Jared puts his work in. I think he’s in the process of trying to change his habits and get in the best shape of his career. “I’m hopeful that he’ll see the light. I know that’s what he wants, and I know that he does work at it. I’m a big fan of Jared’s, and I think he has a very, very bright future. But I think he’s hurting the longevity of his career and his play now by not being in as good of shape as he can be in. We do have a plan in place, I won’t share with you the specifics of that plan, but we provided Jared with a lot of tools and a lot of people around him. But ultimately it’s his choice of how compliant he is going to be. We can’t watch him every second of his life." Boston Herald

April 30, 2015 Updates

"I think that Isaiah, he's our best at that right now," Ainge said. "It would be nice to find one or two more of those before the season starts next year, and ideally at other positions." Pressed on whether that means he would like frontcourt scoring, Ainge replied, "I think both (frontcourt and backcourt). We'll look at both. We need them wherever they are." Booth Newspapers

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