Ainge on Garnett: 'He's our number one option'


Ainge on Garnett: 'He's our number one option'

BOSTON -- After selecting three young players in the 2012 NBA Draft, veteran Kevin Garnett was a topic of questioning for Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge following the conclusion of the second round.

The rookie trio of Jared Sullinger (21), Fab Melo (22), and Kris Joseph (51) could be on the 2012-13 roster, but what about Garnett? Free agency begins on Sunday, July 1 and he has yet to announce his decision for next season.

Ive been talking with Kevin and his people and dont really have any conclusions yet, Ainge said. Thats a big part of it (the Celtics plan for the start of free agency), absolutely. Its our number one option. One reason is because Kevins such a valuable player and the other reason is hes the only guy we can talk to until Sunday.

As for the three picks Garnett could potentially play with should he return to the Celtics, Ainge doesnt expect the big man was checking off a scouting report during Draft Night.

When asked what he believed Garnett thought of the Celtics selections, Ainge replied with a laugh, I dont know. Youd have to ask him. I bet you he didnt know who they are.

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

BOSTON –  Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas (hip) is feeling better, but no decision has been made on whether the two-time All-Star will have surgery.

“He’s doing some rehab work out there with his people in Seattle,” Stevens told a pool reporter during Thursday night’s NBA draft. “He’s getting ready to host his Zeke-end (basketball tournament), which is a big deal for him.”

Thomas, who led all players in the Eastern Conference with a 28.9 points per game average, suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against Washington but continued to play through it.

However, the injury only worsened and ultimately led to him being unable to return in the second half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland which ended in five games.

Stevens said no decision has made yet as to whether Thomas will require surgery.

“He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action,” Stevens said. “And nothing’s determined after that. He hasn’t done a lot, physically, and will be off his feet until that next appointment, or won’t be doing any basketball.”