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March 5, 2015 Updates

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich program shortly after the Goodman report surfaced and confirmed the two sides were close to a deal. "I probably shouldn’t touch on that yet since it’s still in the works, but that report is accurate," Ainge said. While Ainge wouldn't go into specifics on the signing, he did touch on McGee as a player and what he hopes to see from him in Boston. "Javale is a long, athletic guy," Ainge said when asked for a scouting report on McGee. "We don’t have that type of player. Above the rim, he’s an offensive and defensive player. He’s been paid a lot of money in our league. He’s had some injuries, but he hasn’t lived up to his potential yet. We’re hoping that he can under Brad’s tutelage. I think he’s in a good place emotionally and mentally. I think he really wants to get his career on the right path." Boston Globe

February 26, 2015 Updates
February 23, 2015 Updates

In an interview with CSNNE.com prior to last week’s trade deadline, Ainge alluded to Bass’ future being beyond this season in Boston. “Brandon may be with us next year and the year after that as well,” Ainge said. “What I like about Brandon, he just … he’s never satisfied with his role. He goes about his job the same, every day. He’s a rare guy in that he’s getting better. I think he’s better right now than he’s ever been in his career. And I think his upside is still ahead of him.” CSNNE.com

February 22, 2015 Updates

Before the Pistons signed Datome out of Italy, the Celtics showed some interest. Team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took a trip overseas to catch a game in person. Still, Datome said Boston did not extend a contract offer. "When free agency started, they never made a real offer," he said, adding, "Nothing real. The only offers I received were from the Pistons and a couple, two, teams. Boston wasn't one of those. They had interest. They came to watch me. But nothing that real." Booth Newspapers

February 20, 2015 Updates

Q: What do you like about Isaiah Thomas? Danny Ainge: I’m excited. I like Isaiah. I’ve liked Isaiah for a while. This was a deal we would have done at any time to acquire him, so we are excited to have him. I like that he’s an efficient scorer. I like that he can run the pick-and-roll and that he is unafraid of big moments. He can score with the ball in his hands and he can score as a spot-up shooter. And I like his personality. I think Isaiah is a big personality, and I think as he matures — he’s still a fairly young player — I think as he matures he has the potential to be a great leader. Boston Globe

Q: How do you envision Thomas and Marcus Smart playing together? Danny Ainge: I think both of those guys are good enough players that they can play with anybody. I think Isaiah can play with any group, and Marcus can, too. I think they’re completely different types of players, and along with Avery [Bradley], I feel like we have shooting and scoring. What we didn’t have in the backcourt yet was a good pick-and-roll player that can actually get in the paint and score some baskets. Even though he’s little, he’s a very good scorer, one of the best scorers in the paint with little floating shots, and so forth. He’s also a good 3-point shooter. I think Isaiah is better than anybody we have or have had in a while at scoring or creating offense in the pick-and-roll. Boston Globe

Q: Do you see James Young getting more playing time after Prince’s departure? Danny Ange: I think that’s a goal within our organization, regardless of who’s on our roster. There were no trades that we needed to do [to give Young more playing time]. I think James was earning minutes in camp right before he hurt his hamstring. He was earning minutes right as he had his shoulder injury, and he was earning them right before he had the flu. He’s been on the bubble. We’ve liked what he’s done in the D-League and what he’s done in practice. Boston Globe

Q: Now that the trade deadline is over, where does your focus turn? Danny Ange: We’re just evaluating. We’re evaluating players in our team now, and developing our players right now is probably our No. 1 priority, because we have a lot of players we really like. And making a plan for free agency and the draft. We have obviously a lot of draft picks, so we’ll be talking to a lot of teams the closer the draft gets. We’ll be going to a lot of camps and watching a lot of college tournaments. Boston Globe

“I’ve always wanted Isaiah,” Ainge said. “Isaiah was my first call last summer in free agency. Isaiah was a guy I liked in the draft (in 2011, though the Celts took E’Twaun Moore at No. 55 and the Kings got Thomas with the last overall pick at No. 60). Isaiah was a guy that was part of discussions when he was at Sacramento.” Boston Herald

February 19, 2015 Updates

Danny Ainge will remember many things about Jerome Kersey, but one thing will always stand above all: His smile. "He always played happy and hard,'' Ainge said Thursday morning. "And that made him a great joy to be around on a day-in-day-out basis.'' Kersey died unexpectedly on Wednesday in Tualatin. He was 52. Kersey played his first 11 seasons with the Blazers, including two with Ainge - the record 63-win season in 1990-1991 and the NBA Finals season of 1991-1992. "He was a terrific player,'' Ainge said. "A player that any coach, any player would value being around. I loved him as a player and loved him as a person.'' Oregonian

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