BOSTON – Boston Celtics president of basketball Danny Ainge said it was his job to explore all trading opportunities when superstars became available, but raved about his current core and thought it unlikely his team would spend another summer – Blockbuster – Trade concluded] The Spurs are having several teams in trade talks regarding All-NBA striker Kawhi Leonard, including the Lakers and Celtics, League sources said ESPN.
The Celtics, armed with their treasure of young talents and future draft picks, have the necessary assets to perhaps put together the best possible package for a player like San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard. And while Ainge emphasized that he could not specifically talk about free agents or players in trading rumors, on Friday he made it clear that it was simply his job to explore all possibilities that include elite talent.
"If I feel like" I will help our team ̵
"I think these things are unlikely.
Ainge admitted that the Celtics are in a good position for the ability to plunge into any quest for star talent – like a year ago, when they Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers – but also raved about the potential of his current roster.
"I feel great that we have many people who like and want people," Ainge said. That's a great feeling to have. That's not always the case and that's why we love our boys too. We have a lot of talent in our team. I am excited that our team is moving forward. "Ainge believes that Boston is a title contender, as it is currently constituted, the Celtics took the Cavaliers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference, but bowed without Stars Irving and Gordon Hayward. " Yes, "said Ainge when asked if Boston was a title contender in this squad. "I felt like a title candidate in training camp last year. I did not think we were the favorites, but I felt like we were a challenger.
When asked how Boston's collection of coveted assets inevitably leads the Celtics into a raft of trading rumors, no matter how serious Boston is, interest is that Ainge complained that he had to mend fences with players, whose feelings were violated by the proposal.
"I think most of [the rumors are] are wrong. Especially the details, "said Ainge. And what I do not like is that I do not like how names are just thrown around [in media reports]. [Reporters] The names are probably not interested, and that's your job, to make good stories and have things that can be talked about by air. Most of it is not true, but sometimes there are pieces that are true. So it's not total lies, but – I can not call it Fake News – but it's complex.
"These are complex situations and I think that just like [reporters] it does not like to be answered or answered rumors, even though it gives you good programming, I do not like it anymore call me, and the agents who call me, if their name is in a rumor that's just fictional. "
The Celtics offered Marcus Smart a qualifying $ 6.1 million offer on Thursday, which made him a limited free agent. Both Smart and unrestricted free agent Aron Baynes are two players Ainge has suggested the team wants back, and the Celtics will work to keep them as part of their core.
Ainge said that the team sees all sorts of upgrades this summer, but not I do not find it necessary to find a specific type of player.
"It's easier if you have three [star] guys you've got from the years before and you have young stars making progress, so … we do not really have a need, we really have good players.
"And so we have to surround them with role-players who have a chance to win with the rest of our squad." [Williams] will wear No.44, Ainges's old jersey number, and Ainge went out of his way Concern over the rookie's work ethic and engine was a source of confusion, which helped him lose the lottery lottery rank 27 last week
"It's hard to have a low engine and two defensive players Ainge from Williams said, "I've heard the same kinds of criticism, but that's hard to do."