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Highlights of Ainge and Doc’s Press Conference: Rondo, Free Agency, West

Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge just spoke at length at a presser at the C’s practice facility in Waltham. The duo covered a wide-ranging array of topics, including the latest Rondo rumors. Our guy Chris Forsberg over at ESPNBoston has us covered on some of the highlights. We will have more extensive coverage and additional quotes as the day continues:

Ainge on Rondo: “I’m not, no,” bottom-lined Ainge. Asked how he’ll approach his young guard given all the media attention around the rumored deal, Ainge said he’ll be honest with him. “I”ll talk to Rondo,” he said. “But I won’t tell you what I’ll say to him. Rondo will be fine, Rondo knows that we love him. He knows that we like him. He’s excited to come back and play basketball, in my opinion. He gets a lot of attention; He’s a great player. There’s a lot of people that call me and aks me about Rondo. So, how these rumors get out, it’s unfortunate, but we didn’t leak those rumors out. We’ll deal with it. He’ll be fine.”

Other Tidbits (via Forsberg):
— The Celtics do not plan to use the amnesty clause to void a contract this season
— Ainge expects to only have the mini mid-level exception ($3 million) available
— Asked about a priority, Ainge said size is at the top of his shopping list
— Ainge said he hopes to have 10 bodies in camp when it opens on Dec. 9
— Rivers and Ainge noted at various times an interest in bringing back Jeff Green, Glen Davis, and Delonte West

  • Mr Cross

    Happy that this is sorted out,
    Time to get some bigs on the team
    Banner 18 2012!

  • james patrick

    screw you and your spin control danny ainge.

  • Size does matter Ainge. I said it once and I will repeat myself until it happens. He is hinting at getting DWIGHT HOWARD people!!! Thats who the Celtics want and need! Starting lineup, Rondo, Howard Green, Davis…insert whoever here and win a Championship.

  • hdavenport

    Nice sequence here:

    "Rondo knows that we love him. He knows that we like him."

  • -JP

    I would take back Green and West, and forget about Big Baby, let some other stupid team overpay for him. Only reason I would want Green back is because there probably aren't better options out there and we did give Perk up for him, so its worth it to see what he can do

  • GronkCity20

    I REALLY think Danny can get Westbrook from OKC. I would like to see Big Baby and Rondo traded for Westbrook straight up. Imagine the line up of Westbrook at the 1 , Ray at the 2, Paul at the 3, Green 4, and KG 5. I know its a small lineup but thats what the league has become besides dwight. I think its fair for us because we now get a guard who can CREATE his own shot and easily put up 30 (cuz now he does not need to defer to Durant) and OKC gets a young PG who can feed Durant for the next decade. WIN WIN pull the trigger Danny!!!!!!!

    • Morpheus

      Pass the pipe son

  • W2.

    Gronk City…

    You are crazy if you think that Rondo and Baby will net Russ Westbrook. Why would OKC mess with what is working. They are a team on the rise, while we are moving in the other direction.

    Further….I am trying to be kind here but the small ball world works to a point…Tyson Chandler and Dirk are not undersized players….they of the reigning world champion Dallas Mavs (super deep so they could cause match-up nightmares in a variety of ways against a variety of teams).

  • Doc

    You write very well. You need a writer or scholar. Thank you.