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Ainge reveals secret plans: Celtics need quality players

Chuck - Red's Army April 10, 2014 Celtics News, Danny Ainge 32 Comments

(09/28/2012 - Waltham, MA) Danny Ainge speaks to the media at the Celtics media day at HealthPoint in Waltham Friday afternoon.  (092812celtstbc - Photo by Tara Carvalho.)

Our close friend Jay King of Mass Live was kind enough to transcribe Danny Ainge’s noteworthy comments during his morning interview on Toucher and Rich:

“I’m going to try to blow off some fireworks but I have to be patient as well.”

“We have to make sure we don’t do deals just to do deals; we have to do the right deals,” Ainge said during his weekly appearance on Toucher & Rich. “Those are a lot harder than most people think or believe or understand. So I’m not making any promises, but we have a busy summer ahead of us. There are a lot of different ways we could go.”

Ainge said the Celtics have not had many discussions with other teams recently, which is natural because the trade deadline has passed.

“We’ll start having them once the season ends, because we really can’t do anything until the whole season ends. I think that the groundwork has been laid potentially for some deals this summer, but no guarantees,” he said. “We did our trading at the trade deadline just a month before the trade deadline this year. But we were trying to do those types of deals where we could free up some flexibility and acquire assets, and we felt like we took advantage of a couple of opportunities that would help us down the road. But they happened a month before the actual trade deadline. We still were trying to do another deal or two before the deadline and weren’t able to get it done.”

Asked what the Celtics will be looking for, Ainge began “We need quality players” – a truth if I’ve ever heard one.

All jokes aside about quality players, Ainge did catch my attention with his “groundwork” comment.

I’m going to speculate and say that Ainge knows what quality players (cough, Kevin Love, cough) will be on the market this summer. And since the Celtics have more tradeable assets (Rondo, Bradley, Sullinger, multiple 1st rounders) than just about any team in the league, Ainge can pull the lever at any time.

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  • BIG_HITTA1

    Danny will trade RR (vs re-sign) as RR is likely not willing to commit to the C’s long term or commit to the C’s at the “right” amount of $$. And right means not max contract $ or even close to it. Danny will not be left with nothing to show for RR and will take something (anything?!) in return.

    • Kahnstantine

      RR has only expressed a desire to return and even hinted that he would take less (than max) money to do so.

      • BIG_HITTA1

        RR has only vaguely hinted at a desire to return and has said he is intrigued at becoming a free agent. Max $ is something around $15M to $18M a yr and less than that ($12M to $14M) is way more than Danny wants to spend on a PG that rebounds better than he shoots. And RR is not a leader; he is an odd dude and no one seems to take to him as their leader. RR will be nearly 30 yrs old when his contract expires and Danny will not re-up an aged PG with the various limitations that RR has on & off the court. Sure he gets his assists but he shoots so poorly no one even guards him in the half; teams slack off of RR and double team someone else. RR hurts their half court offense. I predict he is traded.

  • Herman Bubbert

    I agree. Use Rondo as a piece to pry Love away from the TWolves, and maybe you can land Rubio in the same deal.

    • jason benn

      Yes let’s trade our pg who finally started shooting for a pg who can’t shoot ala rookie Rondo smh

      • nikolas88

        He started shooting..but he’s still only avg 11 ppg?

        • jason benn

          The position is called POINT GUARD. the two guard spot or shooting guard is where we need scoring guards smh Rondo is the conducted of the offense as a real pg should be he leaves the scoring to his shooting guard and small forwards to carry the scoring load as they should be. Let’s just trade rr n start bayless boom scoring guard. Derek fisher ring true pg derrick rose scoring guard no rings rajon Rondo true pg ring Russell westbrook none. Jason kidd true pg ring *grinding teeth now* Mario chalmers true pg rings steph curry scoring guard none. Is there a pattern emerging from the last almost decade of championships. Chauncey billups point guard even if he played at the two in la ring with pistons tony parker point guard ringgggg should I keep going at the pointlessness of having a scoring point guard. You need someone to step up and say no this is what’s been working let’s run that play from earlier Jeff spot up in the corner I’ll get you the ball. Durant won’t win with westbrook cuz rw holds the ball to score himself. Rondo is in the discussion for best POINT guard, once he gets more consistent with his shot he will be.

          • nikolas88

            Curry, Cp3, Wall, Westbrok and 98% of other starting pg in the league aren’t pgs? Derrick fisher was the primary handler for the lakers or kobe? Derrick fisher is know more for his shot than anything else. Why, if you look at the greatest pgs of all time..all of them seemed to be able to average more than 13.7 ppg for a season. Or are you gonna say magic wasn’t a pg either? Cousy avg 19 ppg for his career. Last time i checked tony parker wasn’t avg never avg 11 ppg in his life except for his rookie year… RINGSSSS. Magic avg 19 ppg for his career…RINGSSSS..

            Rondo has a ring huh? Mario Chalmers has 2. Stockton zero. Fisher 5. Guys with the rings don’t even come close to stockton.

          • jason benn

            He also averages 5 boards and about ten assist so he is responsible thinking .If them all are 2s he is is responsible for 31 pts . I went back about ten years yes point guards can score but there is a big difference between pg and a scoring guard. Magic is one of the best pgs ever don’t disrespect me like that. He avg 19 cuz he had to hit open shots when kareem was doubled. Huge difference again of being a reliable scorer ie ur lousy magic examples and being curry westbrook rose. They force their points. A good point guard knocks the open shot down nothing wrong with that.. let’s see you do better come here I’ll get a bat bust ur acl then go play basketball a year later bet you wouldn’t even avg .5ppg

          • nikolas88

            Rondo avg the same amounts of point pre-acl. And if we’re talking about assists..Curry avg 24 ppg n 9 apg…That’s at least 42 ppg from.

            Magic wasn’t a good shooter, sir. And he not only had to hit open shots when kareem was double but because Kareem got old. When Kg got old all rondo did was pass the ball to him more. Now he has a team filled with scrubs and he’s all to happy to pass the ball to them.

          • jason benn

            This is why I love Rondo haters you guys are imbecilles you say he passes too much to bad players the other says he doesn’t pass at all.

          • BIG_HITTA1

            I like your points above. RR never was and never will be a consistent & good (e.g. FG% over 45% from 10 ft and out) shooter, as that ship sailed many yrs ago. Its a natural ability to be a good shooter – you either have it or you don’t. RR (or any poor shooter) can shoot 5000 practice shots a day and maybe improve their FG% by 1%. And RR is now so afraid of missing free throws that he avoids going to the line (e.g. avoids taking the ball to the cup) at all costs. Look it up: NO point guard in the NBA this yr goes to the free throw line less than RR. RR averages about 1 FT per game which is an historically low number. RR is a good PG, not great. Danny won’t give him $15M to $18M a yr to a good 30 yr old point guard with a bad knee. But some dope GM will give him that max $$ so Danny will trade RR before he has to sign RR.

      • Herman Bubbert

        Pro-tip, Jason. There’s more to the game than shooting ineptly. Rondo is stopping the basketball – seriously enough for Tommy to lay into him. He is gone. And he should be. Thankfully, the Rondo circlejerk at the expense of the Celtics will be over soon. smh.

        • jason benn

          Oh a pro huh remind me which na team you played on? Pros get paid to do their profession. Quality players are what we lack not a point guard , or a power forward. Everything else we need. Rondo holds the ball yes good eye pro my two year old can see that. Rondo doesn’t trust nor does he care for most of his teammates because they are all mediocre players with a lot of talent wasted. So no he won’t pass to them. He also didn’t even have a full training camp so a full summer under brad he will change. He just got back from surgery and he should be outta here hey pro you gonna be the next Danny ainge trade Rondo before his expiring contract is even more valuable and before we see a summer of rajon Stevens will come back with. Where can I get your rookie card.

    • Frank Aziza

      How’s Rubio and Love making Minnesota ? Real good team huh?

    • bill_nair

      Two terrible players

  • Armyof2

    I wish the “They’re going to trade RR” thing would go away. You don’t make a player a Captain on the Celtics and then shove him out the door months later.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Are you saying the “correct protocol” is to allow your Captain {Paul Pierce} to serve 10 years…and then shove him out the door???

      • GreenbirdCro

        Believe it or not, but quite often I find myself either agreeing with you or enjoying your sarcastic realisms. However… Putting a side a Cs fan and an admirer of one PP#34 in me, I must admit that shifting both our greats to BKN was ‘shoving’ us in the rebuilding mode and them to, at that time sure now so-so, contender giving them a last chance to get added ring(s) to their single item collection. Wish someone would ‘shove’ me the similar way a.s.a.p. The story of Rondo is turning another chapter and I’m looking forward having it in green colour again.

        • RedsLoveChild

          All kidding aside…there is nothing “sacred” about being the team captain.

          Pervis Ellison, Dee Brown, Antoine Walker, Rick Fox, Dana Barros…all served as Celtic captains in past years.

          Trading away PP & KG, when he did, was an excellent move by Ainge.

          • Kahnstantine

            Yup, yup, and yup.

          • nikolas88

            Dominique was also a captain for a season.

    • Kahnstantine

      Celtics ALWAYS have a captain. Especially with Rondo’s seniority, it would have been more conspicuous too NOT name him captain.

      • RedsLoveChild

        True….it would`ve been a slap-in-the-face not to name him

  • jason benn

    Welcome Asik to the celtics sounds like. Groundwork is there but now probably bogan’s instead of lee for obvious reasons. Rondo is here to stay haters why would we trade for love the get rid of the only person who would make him resign with us rather then going dwight on us. Everyone kobe melo j smoove all wanna play with Rondo he is a true pg who gets off making that nice dime rather then scoring who doesn’t wanna play for that pg. Yes I know three ppl is not everyone. Plus he is a winner drose no rings westbrook Paul all combined still have no rings all scoring point guards who won’t win until they pass more and score less. When people are more afraid of them passing then shooting then we can trade Rondo he dominates games and draws so much d because they know if he passes we score that’s amazing.. who cares if Rondo scores ever again bet he still finishes every game with ten assists at least. Definitely hope to see asik cuz that’s gonna mean we are tryin to draft wiggling or parker not joel.

  • Frank Aziza

    Be careful what you wish for…. Kevin Love is not taking anyone to the promise land. Very talented player but I don’t think he’s the next KG type trade.
    Unless you get Durrant I would pray for a draft pick that ends up being a great player.

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  • nikolas88

    I think our best bet is to try and trade rondo to the Lakers, Detroit or Sac for their first round pick. All this love talk is ridiculous…Minny is a piece away from being really good. I’d think they’d spend this summer trying to get better, not worse. Plus why’d we trade all the assets for love that could just walk out on us?

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  • Astarot

    Funny cuz’ I wouldn’t trade any of the players you named in the post for Love. It’d have to be Gorge or Durant, that kind of player and that’s not possible. I’d say Ainge gotta extend Bradley and it’d be great to get rid of Wallace (extremely hard considering he’s injured) and get some good deal for Green. If good deal comes he could also trade Bass (it’d have to be really, really good deal).

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