Ainge gets ready for a busy offseason

Ainge gets ready for a busy offseason
June 30, 2013, 12:00 am
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BOSTON  — Danny Ainge is used to having his hands full this time of year.

But the workload that he has been dealing with the past few weeks is heavier - much heavier - than usual.

Just as he was the architect behind building the Celtics into an NBA powerhouse back in 2007, he is now charged with driving a bulldozer through it as the C's look to rebuild.

The first pillar to fall was Doc Rivers whose on-again, off-again courtship with the Los Angeles Clippers finally came to an end when they named him Senior Vice President of basketball operations and head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

That created a vacuum for a new head coach, a position that Ainge tells the Celtics won't start to seriously look at candidates to fill until next week.

And when you throw in the prep work involved with Thursday night's NBA draft, the negotiations needed to pull off the blockbuster trade that will ship out the C's future Hall of Fame tandem of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, it's understandable if Ainge needs a moment or two to catch his breath.

"Leading up to the draft in its own right can be draining with all the players you're evaluating and all that's going on," Ainge told "But then to be on the phone and in conversations with other teams about trading your franchise pieces and having discussions like that, and going through the situation with Doc and the Clippers ... it's just been triple overtime."

And for Ainge, it's not over yet - not even close.

He still must find a new head coach, keep a watchful eye on summer league in part because the C's will have some roster spots open, as well as all the usual going-ons with free agency which begins on Monday.

Ainge isn't looking for sympathy.

"It comes with the job," he said, adding, "we knew this summer would be a pretty busy one, so it's not like we're surprised or anything like that. But that doesn't make it any easier to get through. But the last few weeks, I would say these are things that we had to do as an organization going forward, so I do feel good about that."