HoopsHype Danny Ainge rumors

April 17, 2014 Updates
April 16, 2014 Updates

Danny Ainge: “It was a long season — I guess not that long — but it was a tough, tough year, and I saw a lot of positive things from individuals. I thought our team gave good effort most nights. I think consistency was our biggest challenge, and I don’t think the team was a great fit, great mix, but individually I like what I saw in almost every player. I just feel like we didn’t have the size inside to protect the rim. I thought that was a big factor that cost us a lot of games. And we didn’t finish a lot of games down the stretch.” WEEI.com

Danny Ainge: “I think we started the season out very concerned with the personnel. I thought Vitor [Faverani] gave us some size at times; his injury hurt us some there. He was a rookie and playing inconsistent, but showing signs of being a presence inside. I think all the way up the trade deadline we looked at opportunities to make our team better, but we wouldn’t sacrifice draft picks to make us better for just this year. But we look for opportunities to make our team better in the longterm.” WEEI.com

April 13, 2014 Updates

Boston has seven first-round draft picks in the next three drafts, not to mention young and promising players like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. But transformative opportunities don't come along all that often, so patience and poise are required from here as general manager Danny Ainge looks to seize the right opportunities yet again. "That's always the second prong of the plan, is that 'If we can't get great young guys to grow up together like Oklahoma City did, then we'll at least make a strategic trade at the right time,'" ESPN analyst and former Portland Trail Blazers assistant general manager Tom Penn told USA TODAY Sports. "Projecting and foreseeing the likelihood of that happenings is really hard, but the first step of making that a possibility is to get access to a lot of young, promising assets. The best positioned franchise to do that over the next three years is going to be Boston." USA Today Sports

April 11, 2014 Updates

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck suggested last month that the Celtics had potential for fireworks this offseason given Boston's pile of assets (draft picks, tradable contracts, trade exceptions) and Ainge has said he hopes the team can light up the summer sky with moves to restore Boston to contender status. "I’m going to try to blow off some fireworks, but I have to be patient as well and we have to make sure that we don’t do deals just to do deals," Ainge said Thursday during his weekly call to Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub. "We have to do the right deals. Those are a lot harder than most people think or believe or understand. I’m not making any promises, we have a busy summer ahead of us, and there's a lot of different directions we could go." ESPN.com

April 9, 2014 Updates

Despite the circus in New York, Humphries put up the most consistent numbers of his career, averaging a double-double in each of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Given minutes this season, he’s found similar consistency. Humphries has said he would like to return — a surprise, considering he will be courted by playoff teams when his contract expires on June 30. Agent Arn Tellem has held preliminary talks with Celtics president Danny Ainge, understanding that the team can’t predict its direction right now. Boston Herald

April 3, 2014 Updates

Ainge also revealed Thursday that he had talked to forward Kris Humphries about the possibility of coming back next season. Humphries, who is making $12 million this year, will be a free agent after the season. “I have had a few conversations with Kris," said Ainge. "Because he's been with us all year, he was with us in the summer and all this year. Kris sort of knows where we are as an organization and he knows we like him. And he knows there is a lot of uncertainty, depending on which direction we choose to go this summer. None of us now. But he knows we like him, his coaches and teammates like him, we just can’t make any promises yet.” Boston Globe

March 30, 2014 Updates

Rondo appreciates Ainge’s cautious approach to analytics. “I think that’s why Danny is one of the best GMs around,” Rondo said. “He’s a player that played the game. It’s not just about business aspect — well, then again, it is — but you still have to have a feel for the game, have a feel for players, know personnel. “You just can’t look at a number and say, ‘OK, this guy is shooting 50 percent from the field, 90 percent from the free throw line, put him on this team and have a great season.’ It doesn’t work like that. “You’ve got to know personalities. I think you’ve got to know the locker room. I think that’s why [Heat president] Pat Riley has done a great job. I don’t know who the GM is for the Spurs, but [him, too].” Boston Globe

March 28, 2014 Updates
March 27, 2014 Updates

Toucher and Rich asked Danny about the reported conflict and Ainge, having spoken to Scal since the demotion, says coaching will be a learning process for him. “I think that Brian takes responsiblity for it, and at the same time I think it’s a learning process for Brian. Brian is a good guy, and Brian is a smart basketball guy. He has his philosophies and he’s a player that jumped right into coaching. He was a very vocal player, very opinionated in the locker room. He was always able to say exactly what he wanted to say and he probably went and was that way in coaching. CBS Local

“Sometimes when you’re a coach and you’re part of the staff you have to know when to say things and when not to say things. I think it’s probably a good learning experience for Scal. A head coach needs one hundred percent support and he needs everybody to have his back. It’s really important to have that loyalty and support from everyone.” We know the White Mamba has hung up his sneakers for good, but is a return to Boston as a coach a possibility? Ainge didn’t rule it out. “I would consider Scal if we had openings for a lot of positions in our organization. I have a lot of respect for Scal, his knowledge and his work ethic. Absolutely.” CBS Local

Danny Ainge will be watching when the NCAA tournament resumes tonight, but he won’t be watching the same way you or I will. The numbers matter little to the Celtics president of basketball operations. “I’m looking at the ‘why’ of what’s happening,” Ainge said. “I’m not looking at the box score to determine whether a player is playing well or looking at what people’s expectations might be. I’m looking (at) why is he playing well? Or, why is he not playing well? How is he defending? How is he interacting with his teammates? How does he respond to adversity? I’m looking at a whole gamut of things, trying to get the full picture of the player, because so much of it is trying to predict who that player can become, not just who he is right now.” Boston Herald

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