Ainge considering getting the band back together?

577866.jpg

Ainge considering getting the band back together?

WALTHAM With only six players under contract, new blood is a given for the Boston Celtics roster this season.

But that doesn't mean the C's have totally turned their backs on free agents who played with the team last season.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, confirmed that the Celtics are indeed interested in a number of free agents from last season's roster.

Restricted free agent Jeff Green is the most likely among the free agents to return to the C's this season.

Green was a key part of the Kendrick Perkins trade in February. Although his numbers with the Celtics last season (9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds in 26 games) were pretty good coming off the bench, Green never seemed to deliver the kind of impact that the Celtics were hoping for.

"I was trying too hard to just fit in with what they were doing, and not really playing my game," Green told CSNNE.com recently. "They do such a good job here preaching, 'share the ball, share the ball.' But they needed me to be more aggressive. That's what they needed me to do. That's what I plan to do this season."

In addition to Green, Ainge also expressed the Celtics have reached out to the agents for Glen Davis and Delonte West.

"We've had conversations with their representatives," said Ainge, who added that he has had conversations with a number of representatives recently. "So that would indicate that we have some interest."

With so many holes on their roster, it's a given that having familiar faces will bode well for the Celtics' chances of playing well during this shortened 66-game season which kicks off Christmas Day.

"In a shortened season, it benefits us to stay the course more than it is to change," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "It's clear that teams that have continuity, will have an advantage coming out the gates."

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

RELATED

The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.