Celtics might be draft-day movers
On the eve of the draft, Celtics president Danny Ainge acknowledged the team was considering trading its first-round draft pick, No. 19 overall, during an appearance on WEEI.
Ainge did not return phone calls yesterday, but told the “Big Show’’ yesterday, “We’re having discussions. We’re talking about moving up, we’re talking about moving down, we’re talking about moving out for current players on [a] roster. All of those things are being discussed right now. We’re trying to figure out the best alternative and a lot of it depends on who’s available for us at 19.’’
However, the most pressing issue is coach Doc Rivers’s future. Ainge and Rivers have talked each of the last three days. “I don’t want him, personally, to make a decision too soon,’’ Ainge said. “I think that it’s really tough on him with the loss. He sees the bright side of what the team accomplished. But I know that it’s still really hard.’’
Thibodeau called it a “dream come true’’ after spending 20 years as an NBA assistant, the last three in Boston as Rivers’s associate head coach.
“Some of it’s about health,’’ Jackson, 64, said. “Some of it is just the way I feel right now. I’ve had vacillating feelings about it. It’s hard not to feel like coming back when you . . . have an opportunity to coach a team that’s this good.’’
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.