Ainge on C's future: 'We're going to be very active'

Ainge on C's future: 'We're going to be very active'
February 21, 2014, 2:00 am

After failing to make a deal at the trade deadline, how active will the Celtics be this offseason in making trades and/or signing free agents?

"We're going to be very active," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper. "I believe we were very active at this trade deadline, we just didn't get anything accomplished. If you don't get something you love, you've got to walk away."

Ainge said he has seen plenty of potential in the Celtics younger players.

"First of all we need great players," Ainge said. "Either our young players develop into great players or we have to acquire them. We've seen flashes from our young players. We need them to do that more consistently. We need to go out and draft those players or find those players."

As for how the Celtics will improve, Ainge said the draft, free agency, trades and the development of the current roster are the paths to success. The growth of younger players is aided by good coaching. And Ainge likes what Brad Stevens has done in his first season in Boston.

"Development is a underrated part," Ainge said. "It's a critical part. We expect our coaches to develop our players. ...The way Brad and I operate is I'm an assistant coach. I let him coach his team. I trust him as a coach."