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If there's trouble brewing on the Boston Celtics roster, they evidently forgot to tell Danny Ainge.


Of course, one might say that's exactly what a canny General Manager would say when faced with the prospect of having to make a decision before he's ready to do so, but that's not really Danny's style.


On one of his weekly appearances on the Toucher and Rich Show, Ainge was asked about the rumors in question, that Terry Rozier is unhappy with his playing time and wants a trade. Said Ainge, (per WBZ Boston): "I haven’t heard any of that, so I don’t know how reliable those sources are."

Ouch.
While Danny might not be calling out Bill Simmons here explicitly, given the closest he has come to the rumor itself is by noting "word has gotten around the league", he's definitely firing a shot across the bow regarding the quality of Simmons' sources.

Bill has been right about enough things in the past that I give his sources consideration even when they seem a little stretched; while he's biased, he admits it, and isn't the sort that makes up sensationalistic nonsense just to generate clicks.
That said, I suspect Ainge is being entirely earnest here, as it's in a number of competing teams interests to stir that particular pot - and the earlier, the better for them. It's not that a Scary Terry deal is out of the question, or even unlikely - the piece of the puzzle that's never fit this narrative well, though, is...why now?

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Justin Quinn 11/08/2018 10:25:00 AM Edit
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