Danny Ainge once again possesses the ammo to chase any trade target in the NBA. But that doesn’t mean he will, because he believes the Celtics, as currently constituted, can compete for a title.
Speaking to reporters at the Auerbach Center (including ESPN’s Chris Forsberg) after introducing first-round pick Robert Williams, Ainge weighed in — without mentioning specific players — on the rumors that have tied the C’s to Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, and everyone in between.
“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 said. “We’re going to take a look and kick the tires and see if there’s something there. But that’s all.
“I think those things are unlikely.”
Ainge can afford to be choosy, because he just watched one of the youngest rosters in the NBA take the Cavaliers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without All-Stars Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward.
“I feel great that we have a lot of players that people like and want,” said Ainge. “That’s a great feeling to have. That’s not always the case and that’s the reason we like our guys, too, is we have a lot of talent on our team. I’m excited about our team going forward.
“I felt like we were a title contender last year in training camp. I didn’t think we were the favorites but I felt like we were a contender.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog