Danny Ainge probably saw your angry tweets, but stands by Fultz trade
You’re not on Celtics Twitter if you haven’t rifled off a tweet or two towards Celtics president Danny Ainge. Typically the tweets are a bit angry, and come after Ainge’s most recent move or non-move. (And boy, did this summer ever have a few of those.) There’s a good chance he’s read it, too.
But it won’t stop him from making the moves he sees fit for a C’s squad he’s run since 2003.
“I actually get a kick out of things that are said publicly,” Ainge, on Twitter as @DanielRAinge, told the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett in a feature. “I get a kick out of things that are in a notification that I read on Twitter. It makes me laugh.”
Most of the recent Twitter firestorms sent Ainge’s way came after he traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Sixers (Ainge’s Celtics acquired an additional first-round pick in that trade, which could be converted in 2018 should the Lakers’ pick fall somewhere between No. 2 and No. 5 overall), opting to essentially pass on Markelle Fultz and instead draft Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 overall pick acquired from Philly. Moving the Fultz pick — especially after his visit to Boston, which included dinner with Ainge and a private workout with the Celtics — was essentially Ainge saying that this player was not going to fit for the Celtics. It was a damnation of the player everybody viewed as the consensus No. 1 overall pick and best player of the 2017 draft class.
It was also means that Ainge has a lot riding on this move, and would probably like to see the 19-year-old Tatum have more success than both Fultz, especially early.
“I’m actually rooting for Markelle Fultz,” Ainge said. “I love Markelle Fultz as a kid. I really root for his success. I’m a big fan of his, as I am with Josh Jackson. I like him.
“But, again, like I’m not rooting against Markelle. I anticipate Markelle to have a terrific summer league and an amazing rookie year in Philadelphia. I think he’s going to get a great opportunity to play. He’ll get a chance to play probably more than our rookie will get a chance to play. And that happens all the time. I mean, Michael Carter-Williams was Rookie of the Year in Philadelphia (for 2013-14). That stuff doesn’t bother me, and I like Michael Carter-Williams, too, but I don’t necessarily think he was the best rookie.”
This mindset is nothing new to Ainge, of course, as it was probably the same operation behind 2016’s plan that culminated with Jaylen Brown at No. 3 overall, passing on some of the more ready-made NBA products such as Jamal Murray and/or Buddy Hield.
Ainge, by the way, would not move Brown in any of the proposed blockbuster deals that came the C’s way last month, from Jimmy Butler to Kristaps Porzingis and Paul George, meaning that he’s viewed as part of what they’re doing down the road versus a simple trade chip.
“I enjoy difficult decisions,” Ainge told the Herald. “I enjoy being part of a process with the [management] team we have now, because I think it’s so functional. We know every decision we make isn’t going to be the right one, and time is our judge.”
With the support of ownership — Ainge mentioned that he has full support from Wyc Grousbeck, even when they don’t necessarily agree — Ainge has continued building his team with an eye on the present, the future.
And, apparently, on Twitter, even if it’s just for a laugh or two.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog