Danny Ainge Rumors
In the end, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge decided to waive Hunter, the rangy, sweet-shooting guard whose statistics ultimately did not match his elegant shooting form. “He loved that community and loved being around that team,” Hunter’s father, Ron, said in a telephone interview. “I think they got rid of a good basketball player but they also got rid of a better person. But that’s not what this is about. You don’t take it personally and you just move on. And that’s what he’s doing. He’s still a young kid. He’s hurt right now, but when he wakes up tomorrow, he’s going to be fine.”
Although sources say he did play golf over the summer with a notable admirer from an Eastern Conference rival — Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge — Smith has greatly endeared himself to the locals in Cleveland with his appearances at Indians playoff games alongside Cavs teammates while still unsigned.