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June 2018

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As another summer free agency frenzy opens, Ainge kicks back

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Each of the past two summers, the Celtics have been at the front of the line when it comes to attracting the attention of the top free agents. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and assistant GM Mike Zarren had carefully crafted the roster for years in advance with an eye towards the summers of 2016 and 2017 to strike gold on the free agency market. Couple that with trading for Kyrie Irving last summer, along with the impact of young players Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and it's clear that the Celtics are not in the market for making any blockbuster deals this summer.

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First-round pick Robert Williams ready to rev his motor in Boston

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Boston Celtics boss Danny Ainge was puzzled by all the talk about how Texas A&M forward Robert Williams didn’t work hard enough to make it in the NBA. “It’s hard to have a `low motor’ and be the defensive player of the year two years in a row in a tough conference,” Ainge said Friday after the news conference to introduce Williams. Williams was named the Southeastern Conference’s co-defensive player of the year in 2018 after winning the award outright in 2017.

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Ainge: ‘Unlikely’ Celtics will make blockbuster trade

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Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team will consider any possible trade scenarios to improve this offseason, but also added that any blockbuster-type of trade is "unlikely." Speaking Friday at an introductory press conference for first-round pick Robert Williams, Ainge wouldn't go into significant detail on the team's plans as free agency nears, but he intends to look at all options. "If I feel like it'll help our team — we explore every trade of players of certain magnitude or superstar, first-ballot Hall of Fame-type of players," Ainge told reporters. "I think those things are unlikely." Ainge also emphasized how much he thinks of the team in its current form — a group that nearly reached the NBA Finals despite the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward — calling it a "title contender." He acknowledged that having a roster in good enough shape to invite regular trade rumors isn't a bad problem to be faced with.

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Ainge: ‘Unlikely’ Celtics will make blockbuster trade

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Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team will consider any possible trade scenarios to improve this offseason, but also added that any blockbuster-type of trade is "unlikely." Speaking Friday at an introductory press conference for first-round pick Robert Williams, Ainge wouldn't go into significant detail on the team's plans as free agency nears, but he intends to look at all options. "If I feel like it'll help our team — we explore every trade of players of certain magnitude or superstar, first-ballot Hall of Fame-type of players," Ainge told reporters. "I think those things are unlikely." Ainge also emphasized how much he thinks of the team in its current form — a group that nearly reached the NBA Finals despite the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward — calling it a "title contender." He acknowledged that having a roster in good enough shape to invite regular trade rumors isn't a bad problem to be faced with.

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Ainge: ‘Unlikely’ Celtics will make blockbuster trade

Speaking Friday at an introductory press conference for first-round pick Robert Williams, Ainge wouldn't go into significant detail on the team's plans as free agency nears, but he intends to look at all options. Ainge also emphasized how much he thinks of the team in its current form — a group that nearly reached the NBA Finals despite the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward — calling it a "title contender." He acknowledged that having a roster in good enough shape to invite regular trade rumors isn't a bad problem to be faced with. The Celtics have popped up in a variety of trade rumors this offseason, particularly in connection with San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, after the two-time Defensive Player of the Year requested a trade.

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GM Danny Ainge calls Celtics’ blockbuster trade “unlikely”

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The San Antonio Spurs want the Celtics to go all-in on the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes — an offer of Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris (for salary balancing), and next year’s Kings’ first-round pick (No. 1 protected only) could win the bidding. Danny Ainge and the Celtics are not moving fast on this — nor should they be. Do nothing this summer and the Celtics are still probably the team to beat in the East next season (let’s see how free agency shakes out before getting to formal with rankings).

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Reports: Lakers, Celtics, 76ers jockeying for Leonard

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With the NBA free agency season approaching and basketball fans wondering where LeBron James and Paul George will be playing next season, the biggest domino may be Kawhi Leonard. League sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the Spurs are actively discussing possible trade offers involving their two-time All-NBA forward Leonard with several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

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