Ainge: No calls placed to free agents on Monday

Ainge: No calls placed to free agents on Monday
July 1, 2013, 3:15 pm
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MATTAPAN, Mass. — The Celtics are used to having limited options during free agency, and this year doesn't appear to be all that different.

The C's need to make changes to their roster before they can seriously explore free agency, which is why the they were among the more inactive squads on the first day of the free-agency period.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com that the C's had not made any calls on Monday to free agents or their representatives.

"We have too many players on our roster," said Ainge, adding, "so we have some tweaking of the roster to do through trades this summer before we get into free agency."

The first order of business is to complete the blockbuster deal with Brooklyn that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets in exchange for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, former Celtics draft pick MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and three first-round picks.

That deal can not be completed until July 12 due to Joseph's contract with the Nets being signed April 12; he's not eligible to be traded until three months later.

In the meantime, the C's will continue in their rebuilding efforts. They drafted Kelly Olynyk with their first-round pick on Thursday, and then bought a second-round pick from Indiana to select Colton Iverson.

Their roles for this upcoming season remains to be seen.

"Depends on the roster come opening day," Ainge said. "I think Kelly can play right now in the NBA. I think Colton can play right now in the NBA.

Ainge added, "At the same time, those guys are good complimentary players. They need guys to carry a load for them, but they could find a place on our team."