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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 4:54pm  

Ainge: Pierce fine, no Allen deal talk

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge went on The Big Show on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the state of the Celtics. Ainge dismissed as gross rumors any reports that the foot injury to Paul Pierce will keep the forward sidelined for anything more than a matter of days, said that he has not talked to any other clubs about a trade of Ray Allen, and addressed the recent comments of Rajon Rondo that there are "agendas maybe creeping in" that have affected the team negatively.

 

  • On Pierce: "There is no broken foot. He’s got a sprained mid-foot. The only question for us now is when we play Paul," said Ainge. "There was just too many people that were trying to find, speculating, too many sources out there, I don’t know who these sources are, but it’s incredible.

    "I believe what I’m dealing with today, with Paul, if this were a playoff game, Paul would be playing. He’d be playing tonight if it were a playoff game. ... Paul was contemplating playing today. ... I’m not concerned about the foot. That’s been put to rest."
     
  • Ainge agreed with Rondo's assessment that different players have been focused on elements other than winning a championship this year. At the same time, he suggested that the point guard's public assessment of the team -- in contrast to players such as Kevin Garnett, whom Ainge praised for identifying areas of his own game that required improvement -- was not ideal, a message that Ainge said he and coach Doc Rivers delivered to Rondo on Wednesday.

    "I don’t think that’s leadership," said Ainge. "Even though it may be true, that’s what all of a sudden brings speculation."
     
  • Ainge said that he also met on Tuesday with guard Ray Allen and his wife to discuss his status as the trade deadline nears. Because Allen is in the last year of a contract, his name has been brought up as a rumored candidate for a deal. Ainge said that he had not talked with any team to date about a possible deal involving Allen. Though he would not rule out such talks, he characterized a deal involving Allen as "unlikely," given that the team's desire to pursue a championship this year.

    "I think it’s unlikely. I think it’s unlikely that we do a deal that benefits our team, to win a championship now and helps us in the future. Right now, our choice is that we’re trying to win a championship now," said Ainge. "We want Ray. We think Ray is a huge part of our winning a championship this year. ...

    "I did not say that [the Celtics won't trade Allen], and I didn’t say that to him. I think it’s unlikely. ... I have not [had any conversations with other teams about a deal involving Allen]. That doesn’t mean that I won’t, or that I won't listen to what other people have to say, but we have not been anywhere near or had any discussion, I have not had a discussion with another team about trading Ray Allen."

To listen to the complete interview, visit The Big Show's audio on demand page. A transcript of the interview will be posted later on the Green Street blog.




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