Ainge: Bogans' frustration with role lead to excused absence

Ainge: Bogans' frustration with role lead to excused absence
January 16, 2014, 3:45 pm

WALTHAM, Mass. — Keith Bogans' excused absence from the Boston Celtics announced earlier this week seemingly came out of nowhere.

And while there were multiple factors that came into play, it's clear that Bogans' lack of playing time was a major contributor to the mutually agreed-upon decision excusing him from the team.

Shortly before the team announced his departure, Danny Ainge said he and Bogans sat down and discussed his situation.

"There was no incident, no ... Keith's been frustrated for a lot of the year because he hasn't had a role," Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told reporters on Thursday.

Most of Bogans' career has been as a starter or at the very least, a regular participant in the team's rotation.

But in Boston, it was clear that a similar role was not forthcoming anytime soon.

He appeared in just six games this season, logging a total of 55 minutes while scoring a total of just 12 points.

"I think his expectations were different than what I thought was realistic," Ainge said. "And I shared with him what his realistic role was with us. And I just didn't think he was very happy with it. It's just better for him to go home and stay in shape in case we need him. But we're going to play the guys we have here that are really hungry to play and dying to play, that we're going to try and develop into better players."

Because Bogans has an excused absence, he is still due the $5.1 million he is to earn this season.

It's the largest single-season salary in his career, a deal Boston struck when he was included in the blockbuster deal with Brooklyn this summer that sent out Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Along with giving Bogans a huge contract so that the numbers would work to complete the deal, the Celtics also acquired a $10 trade exception.

And while Bogans' contract does have two more additional years on it, both seasons are non-guaranteed.

Kris Humphries, who was part of the trade that brought Bogans to Boston this past summer, said he wasn't shocked to see things fall apart as they did for Bogans and the Celtics.

"I'm never surprised in the NBA," Humphries said. "Keith's a great guy and a competitor. He's in a tough situation."

Humphries was in a similar plight to start the season, although Humphries' opportunities came a bit more frequently than Bogans' chances to play.

"It's about playing hard for yourself, to help your team when called upon," Humphries said, referring to how he handled not playing much. "That's all I was trying to do; play great in the small opportunities I had and they kept growing."