Danny Ainge Rumors
Whether or not a Cleveland Cavaliers player actually called Danny Ainge a “fu—– thief” remains unconfirmed. Regardless, Ainge was more than willing to respond to the charge. The Celtics’ president of basketball operations was asked about the alleged remark (reported by The Athletic on Wednesday) during an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich. “First of all, time will tell,” Ainge said. “But that pick that we gave them had the chance to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. It turned out to be No. 8, but who knows? They may get a really good player with the eighth pick in this year’s draft. There are some very good players at the top of the draft.”
Dan Patrick: “Well how about Danny Ainge, who brought all these players in? Does he deserve more credit than Brad Stevens does?” Scalabrine: “I think in the Celtics organization, you can look from ownership down. Ownership has to sign off on an Isaiah [Thomas] trade for Kyrie Irving, they have to know that Kyrie’s going to be a $37, $38-million dollar player somewhere down the road and then you’re giving up a pick. Danny Ainge has to convince them ‘this is the way to go, Kyrie’s a special player.’
Jared Weiss: Brad Stevens praises Ainge and ownership’s vision to rebuild and how it has come to fruition. “There’s been a little bit of luck to it, but [Ainge] has been measured every step of the way.”
Specifically, Marks talked to ESPN 101.3 in Boston Monday about how the Nets did have a long-term plan in place that included a bid for Kevin Durant! He also offers a less-than- veiled criticism of Mikhail Prokhorov for not wanting to pay “substantial” luxury taxes after the 2013-14 season. Marks laid out the Nets thinking as they worked on the deal, noting Brooklyn was in a “win-now” mode and Boston wasn’t. It was Marks, then assistant GM to Billy King, and Mike Zarren, Danny Ainge’s No. 2, who handled the nuts and bolts of the deal. “I thought that when we did the deal, I thought we would have a championship level team in 13-14, would be a playoff team in 14-15 and then, when the cap spike came in 2016, we’d in a good position to get a Kevin Durant or one of these marquee free agents just based on past success and we were all wrong,” offered Marks. “We misjudged the trade big time.”
NetsDaily: Celtic owner Wyc Grosbeck on final stages of Nets trade. He asked Danny Ainge how many picks Nets were offering. Two, Ainge answered. Grosbeck replied, “Great. Let’s go get a third pick.” Ainge did and called back. “Unbelievable. We got a third pick. This is great,” said Ainge.