Celtics' president Ainge embracing expectation-filled summer
BOSTON (AP) During his tenure as Celtics president, Danny Ainge has developed a reputation as deal maker that pounces on opportunities. He will forever be tethered to the coup he pulled off in the summer of 2007 to assemble the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen just three years into the tenure of then-coach Doc Rivers. No one is expecting Ainge to recreate that moment this summer, but with a myriad of draft picks and salary cap space at his disposal, he isn't shying away from the expectation that this offse
Optimism high as Celtics enter a likely active offseason
BOSTON (AP) The emergence of an All-Star and lots of victories made the Celtics one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. It also left Boston with lots of questions following its second straight first-round exit from the playoffs - this one, a six-game loss to the Atlanta Hawks - with a young roster that probably still needs a few more pieces to make the next step. It has lots of draft picks and salary cap space to play with, which promises to make the summer an active one for the Celtics. ''This is probably the
Analysis: Crowder ended up playing in 12 of the Celtics' final 13 games in the regular season and playoffs after spraining his ankle in mid-March, but didn't look remotely like the same player the rest of the way. He averaged 11.1 points on an ugly 31.9 percent shooting from the floor, including a 23.9 percent mark from three-point range. Crowder may have tried to return too soon from the ankle injury, which Ainge also said included a bone bruise on his foot. Fortunately, Crowder was able to avoid aggravating the injury in a serious way upon returning, and looks like he'll just need to rest up and recover during the offseason in order to return to full health for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Analysis: Olynyk was limited to just 32 total minutes in the Celtics' Round 1 series against the Celtics due to a shoulder injury, which he re-aggravated during Game 1. While he played in each of the final three games of the series, he was clearly hampered and was held scoreless in each contest. The specifics of Olynyk's injury are still somewhat unclear, but GM Danny Ainge confirmed Wednesday that surgery may be an option. Regardless, the 25-year-old figures to be available by the time training camp rolls around in the fall.