HoopsHype Danny Ainge rumors

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Trade rumors forever shadow Rajon Rondo, and an expiring contract has only added to the speculation about his future. But at least publicly, Boston Celtics decision-makers continue to agree: They want Rondo around beyond his current contract. “Are you seriously asking me that again?” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday morning before a Shamrock Foundation golf tournament at Dedham Country and Polo Club. “Yeah, we expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long term. Does that need to be asked any more by anybody ever again?” Booth Newspapers

Asked if he still gets calls from other teams about Rondo, Ainge replied, “No.” “I think there’s been a lot of people that just have flat-out made stuff up, and it’s become hot topics,” he said. “Very credible people have made things up and that even makes it worse. So yeah, I think that there’s probably a lot of people out there who still have some sort of belief that there is some truth in the rumors that go on out there. But I can’t say more emphatically, my hope is that we can have a long-term relationship. Booth Newspapers

September 22, 2014 Updates

The Celtics failed to trade for Kevin Love or draft Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Instead they drafted Smart and James Young and acquired Marcus Thornton, Evan Turner and Tyler Zeller. "It wasn't the fireworks that we tried," Ainge said, "and we continue to try to do, but we're excited about Marcus (Smart) and his future and James Young and his future. We need to be more patient with James, especially out of the gate. I think Marcus is more physically ready to play at our level than James is today, but we hope for fast progress from James. I felt like we acquired some assets. We didn't panic and do anything that was silly." Worcester Telegram & Gazette

September 11, 2014 Updates

Danny Ainge isn't all that different than most GMs when it comes to wanting to have lots of options in pulling off deals. That's why today is significant for the Celtics' president of basketball operations in his quest to get Boston's roster in order. Tyler Zeller and Marcus Thornton, both acquired via trade on July 10, are now eligible to be included in trades in which they can be paired with other Celtics players. CSNNE.com

Zeller's agent Sam Goldfeder said his client should also benefit from having a familiarity with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens who recruited both of his brothers. "Coach Stevens is someone the Zeller family thought a great deal about as a man," Goldfeder told CSNNE.com. "Forget about basketball. Everyone knows he's a great basketball coach. But they really liked him as a person. He's a good person and Tyler is also a good person. They share similar values off the court. I think that obviously, Brad expects excellence on the court, discipline, hard work and that's what Tyler is all about." CSNNE.com

August 14, 2014 Updates

That's when KG and Paul Pierce tried to get Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to bring me in because they thought I could replace Tony Allen, who signed with the Grizzlies the summer before. The Celtics got with my agent, Mark Bartelstein, but that didn't work out. To this day, Paul Pierce always tells Danny, "I told you DeMarre was going to be good." Bleacher Report

July 28, 2014 Updates

His general public may be waiting for more, but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has been wading through a field of bad possibilities for his assets stack. Better to wait. Love is no less a long shot than any other quality possibility at the moment. “Danny has been very disciplined,” Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca said. “He could have made a lot of deals by now, but not for the kind of player we want.” Boston Herald

July 11, 2014 Updates

After saying how much he liked the move from the Celtics’ standpoint, the president of basketball operations added, “Who knows what’s going to happen for Cleveland? It could end up being a great deal for them, too. “We all are waiting to see what’s going on with their cap space,” Ainge grinned. “I wish I was in their position,” he added once the laughter died down. Boston Herald

Ainge acknowledged the need for major shoes to drop before the market for trades can truly loosen. “Sure, I think things start moving once the top guys are out of free agency,” Ainge said. With the Top Guy still out there, Ainge was pulled back into the discussion of what James’ call will mean. “You know, wherever LeBron goes, the team’s a contender,” he said. “I mean, that’s how good a player he is.” Boston Herald

July 7, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics rookie James Young will not make his NBA debut this week in Orlando. Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters Monday that the swingman will not play with Boston’s summer league team due to lingering health issues following a car accident Young was involved in last month. "He had a little whiplash,” Ainge said of Young’s health issues. “With whiplash comes concussion-like symptoms and dizziness here and there. We're just not messing with that stuff." Boston Globe

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it clear on Monday afternoon that the team very much wants to have restricted free agent Avery Bradley back in the fold next season. The Celtics officially extended a $3.6-million qualifying offer to the 23-year-old shooting guard Monday morning –giving them the right to match any offer he receives as a restricted free agent – with Ainge saying after the press conference to introduce draft picks Marcus Smart and James Young that the Smart selection does not negatively influence Bradley’s future in Boston in any way. MetroWest Daily News

“I think Avery could be a very key player in us winning the championship,” Ainge said. “He does things that other players can’t do. His shooting continues to improve. We have all see in the past his terrific defensive abilities. I think he’s a big part of us.” MetroWest Daily News

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