Danny Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations, says he thinks Kevin Garnett will return to the team in 2012-13 "but I'm just not certain."
Garnett, an unrestricted free agent, has talked about retirement, but also figures to draw attention from contenders on the open market. Ainge, however, believes Garnett will only play in Boston if he chooses to continue his career.
"I don't want to speak for Kevin," Ainge said Wednesday on WEEI Radio's 'The Big Show'. "I know he wants to come back to Boston if he wants to play -- that's what he has shared at this stage -- but I'm not holding him to that. I know he's got a lot of options."
If Garnett's status isn't decided by July 1, which is when teams can begin negotiations with free agents (though they can't begin signing them until July 10), the Celtics would be in a state of limbo regarding how they would build their roster for next year. Still, Ainge said he isn't pressing Garnett for a decision.
"I really don't want to push Kevin," he said. "I mean, obviously, we have to get some answers by July 1. Right now, I'm just letting him get back to me and hopefully he'll do that soon."
Ainge said Garnett understands that dragging out his decision could hurt the Celtics.
"He doesn't want to do that. He's not looking to do that," Ainge said. "Kevin's a team guy and the last thing he wants to do is put us in a tough position. He wants to help us and hopefully he wants to come back.
"I think he will, but I'm just not certain."
Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has a career free throw percentage of .863 in six seasons in the NBA.
But in a free throw contest against Seattle Seahawks wideout - and free throw champion - Tyler Lockett, Thomas went a perfect 12-for-12.
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics moved one step closer towards trimming down its overcrowded roster with the waiving of John Holland.
The 27-year-old would have gone into training camp with a very slim shot at making the roster. He signed a two-year deal that would have been worth $874,636 for the 2016-2017 season.
However, the contract was non-guaranteed and would have more than likely been used as part of a potential trade.
But no such deal materialized.
So rather than have the 6-foot-5 guard/forward in training camp with the odds heavily stacked against him making the team, Boston waived him now so that he has enough time to either go to training camp with another NBA team or sign with a team overseas.
Holland, who starred at Boston University, has already played overseas in France, Spain and Turkey in addition to having played with the Development League’s Canton Charge last season.
He played in one game for the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics now have 18 players in training camp, 16 of which have guaranteed contracts.
The NBA’s 38 rookies had their annual photo shoot and were polled by NBA.com with a couple of questions about their class. When asked which rookie was the most athletic among them, the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick overall last June, won in a landslide.
Here are the results of that question:
1. Jaylen Brown, Boston -- 38.7%
2. Brice Johnson, L.A. Clippers -- 16.1%
3. Marquese Chriss, Phoenix -- 9.7%
T-4. Malik Beasley, Denver -- 6.5%
Kay Felder, Cleveland -- 6.5%
Gary Payton II, Houston -- 6.5%
Providence guard Kris Dunn, No. 5 pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves was the freshman class’ pick to win rookie of the year honors, with 29 percent of the vote, followed by No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram of the Lakers and No. 1 pick Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Click here for the complete poll.