Ainge addresses retirement rumors, conception he tries to ‘bury’ GMs to start with seemed on NBC Sports Boston
There’s been lots of speculation surrounding Danny Ainge amid the Boston Celtics‘ underwhelming season.
Thankfully for the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, he has a platform to cope with that speculation.
Throughout his weekly interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Prosperous” on Thursday, Ainge used to be requested off the bat about ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan floating the likelihood of the longtime government stepping away from the Celtics within the no longer-too-distant future.
Ainge didn’t entirely push apart the rumors, but it absolutely doesn’t sound love he’s going wherever quickly.
“When I came succor to accept this job in Boston, I wasn’t certain if I would be right here three or five years,” Ainge acknowledged. “In this world, you spicy by no manner know. I deem I will know when or no longer it is time (to retire), but no longer yet. Or no longer it’s something I’ve contemplated, but I don’t contain any conception when that is going to happen.”
Ainge added that he and the Celtics haven’t discussed any type of succession procedure, and that changing him would be up to group Governor Wyc Grousbeck and the comfort of Boston’s management.
Nonetheless the 61-one year-aged did joke that Celtics assistant fashioned manager Mike Zarren would leap at the likelihood to bear Ainge’s sneakers.
“Oh, fully,” Ainge acknowledged.
Ainge, who joined the Celtics in 2003, is the NBA’s 2nd-longest-tenured head government at the succor of Miami Warmth president Pat Riley. That manner he’s dealt with lots of GMs — some of whom don’t revel of their interactions with Ainge’s squad. One Western Conference government told ESPN.com’s Tim Bontemps that the Celtics are handiest originate to trades “if they deem they’ll bury you.”
Naturally, Ainge pushed succor on that evaluate.
“I deem that’s ridiculous,” Ainge acknowledged. “I contain conversations continually, day-to-day, with (opposing GMs). It’s no longer a few hit a deal, it’s about discovering a accomplice that needs and wishes what we contain got, and us discovering and making an try what (they) contain. I’m no longer making an try to bury someone in a deal. I’m making an try to create our group greater.”
It makes sense why Ainge doesn’t need that reputation, but he’s accomplished his spicy share of “burying” over time. (Moral request used Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King.)
Ainge hasn’t made a pre-NBA change deadline deal since landing Isaiah Thomas in 2015, but this shall be the one year he breaks that dash. The C’s reportedly are focusing on a complete lot of sharpshooting wings and giant males as they glimpse to present a boost to from a 17-15 myth.