BOSTON – Boston Celtics basketball operations president Danny Ainge said his job is to explore all commercial possibilities when superstars are available but shone on their current core and considered it unlikely that their team will complete another summer blockbuster hit.  The Spurs are committed to several teams in commercial talks about Kawhi Leonard, the NBA forward, including the Lakers and the Celtics, as they told ESPN.
The Celtics, armed with their treasure of young talents and future draft picks, have the badets needed to put together perhaps the best possible package for a player like Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio. And although Ainge stressed that he could not speak specifically about free agents or players in exchange rumors, he made it clear on Friday that it is simply his job to explore all the possibilities involving elite talent.
"If I feel like it" We will help our team: we explore all the exchanges of players of a certain magnitude or superstar, Hall of Fame players of the first vote ", said Ainge on Friday after the Celtics officially presented Robert Williams, selected in the first round, at the Auerbach Center. "We're going to take a look and kick the tires and see if there's anything there. But that's it.
"I think those things are unlikely."
Ainge acknowledged that the Celtics are in a position of quality with the ability to launch into any search for top talent, as they did a year ago when they acquired Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but also got excited about the potential of your current template.
"I feel very good that we have a lot of players that people want and want," Ainge said. "It's a great feeling to have it." That is not always the case and that is the reason why we like our boys, also, we have a lot of talent in our team. I'm excited about our team in the future. "
Ainge believes that Boston is a contender for the title as currently constituted.The Celtics led the Cavaliers to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals before bowing despite playing without stars Irving and Gordon Hayward 19659004] "Yes," Ainge said when asked if Boston is a title contender with this list. "I felt like we were title contenders last year at training camp. I did not think we were the favorites, but I felt like a contender. "
When asked how the collection of desirable badets in Boston invariably leads the Celtics to cluster in an avalanche of commercial rumors, no matter how serious they are. Those in Boston The interest is that Ainge regretted having to amend the barriers with players whose feelings are affected by the suggestion that they can be moved.
"I think most of [the rumors are] is false. Especially the details, "said Ainge. And what I do not like about him is that I do not like how names are thrown [in media reports]. [Reporters] probably do not worry about names, and that's your job is to make good stories and have things to talk about in the air. Most are not true, but sometimes there are parts that are true. So they are not total lies, but I can not call it false news, but it's complex.
"These are complex situations and I think that, like [reporters] I do not like to respond or have to respond to rumors, even though it gives you good programming, I do not like it anymore, having to deal with players they call me and the agents call me when their name is in a rumor that is totally invented. "
The Celtics offered a qualified offer of $ 6.1 million to Marcus Smart on Thursday, making him a restricted free agent. Both the intelligent free agent and the unrestricted Aron Baynes are two players. Ainge Bay has suggested that the team wants to return, and the Celtics will work to keep them as part of their core.
Ainge said the team is looking for all possible improvements this summer but you do not feel the need to find a specific type of player.
"It's easier when you have three [star] guys you've already got from the previous years and you have some budding stars in younger players who are progressing … So … we really do not have a need, we have really good players
"And then we have to surround them with players with the rest of our squad that have a chance to win."
Williams will use the number 44, Ainge's shirt number, and Ainge did his best to appease concerns about the work ethic and the rookie engine, which contributed to his lottery slippage and to Boston in 27th place in last week's draft.
"It's hard to have a low engine and be the defensive player of the year for two straight years in a tough conference, "Ainge said of Williams." I've heard the same kinds of criticism, but that's kind of hard to do. "