Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics' offseason maneuverings. He said center Kendrick Perkins likely will be out until the All-Star break as he recovers from his knee injury, Rasheed Wallace has not changed his mind about retiring, and the Celtics still have some interest in Shaquille O'Neal although it's "unlikely" they will be able to acquire the veteran center. He also cautioned not to be too concerned with how new Celtic Jermaine O'Neal played against the C's in the playoffs, as he was dealing with a "pretty serious ankle injury."
Here are some highlights from the interview.
On Rasheed Wallace's future: "Rasheed has decided he's going to retire."
On losing Tony Allen to the Grizzlies: "Tony wanted to expand his career, play a bigger role, show that he could do more than just play defense."
On the possibility of signing Shaquille O'Neal: "We have had conversations with the Cavs and with Shaquille [about a sign-and-trade]. ... That door hasn't been completely slammed, although it's very unlikely now that we've signed Jermaine O'Neal."
On the LeBron James decision show: "It was over the top. It was too much. I think he should have told it to the Cavaliers well beforehand. ... It was not fun to watch and see. I didn't really enjoy the dance show the day or two after, celebrating in Miami."
On Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's harsh comments toward LeBron: "I think they were inappropriate. I don't think it was the right way to handle it, either."
On the new-look Heat: "Three of the top 10 players in the league, including two of the top three -- that's going to be a tough team to handle. ... I think that team is the team to beat."
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