|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 1, 2013 at 7:45 PM|
Let's face it, should we be surprised that teams have been asking about Rondo. Danny just traded Paul and Kevin. Teams may have thought this team is totally rebuilding. I believe Danny on this, until he says otherwise. In the past he's said much worse, or nothing when asked about Rondo's future.I don't trust Danny all of the time. Sometimes you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
"The calls are coming in, the calls have not been going out," Ainge said Monday after the team introduced rookie draft picks Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson at a community event in Mattapan. "I think that the assumption is that, [given] what we are trying to accomplish, the reports are such that maybe the assumption is that we’ll give away any of our players. We have had calls. On Jeff [Green], on Courtney [Lee], on Brandon [Bass], on Rondo, on Jared [Sullinger] and our draft pick, Kelly -- there’s been calls for all those guys. And maybe the assumption is we are just changing everybody. But we’re not. We’re starting to get younger."
Ainge admitted that Boston's main objective this summer is to get its salary structure in order and the team will continue to explore the trade avenues while seeking to gain more cap flexibility in future seasons. That is likely to put players such as Bass and Lee in the spotlight because of the money committed to them over multiple seasons (and the same with Gerald Wallace upon his arrival in the Nets deal).
But the Celtics are not seeking additional help at the moment through free agency, which Ainge said, "is not a priority for us." Just the opposite, with the Celtics set to bring back a large collection of players from the Nets, Ainge admitted his team actually needs to shed bodies, which started Sunday when the team cut Terrence Williams and his nonguaranteed contract in what Ainge termed "a numbers game."
"As a matter of fact, we have too many players," Ainge said. "We have logjams at power forward and center and shooting guard. We have a lot of guys potentially, if things continue as they are. I think that our job is to try to clean that up through the summer."