Ainge also provided an update on Hayward's progress after the small forward suffered a leg injury just six minutes into the first game of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.
Boston Celtics players stand near the bench late in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night in Boston. The Cleveland Cavaliers bested the C's 87-79 in an ugly offensive game where the Celtics shot an abysmal 7-39 from three, and 34 percent from the field.
"'If we don't do this Kyrie is coming back next year and then I might not start'". With his incredible performance, the Celtics have two options on Tatum this summer, wait for him to fully develop into a superstar, or use him as a trade chip in a blockbuster trade. Boston's all I know.
Earlier this week, Smart declared he's worth more than $12-14 million on the open market.
But having too many excellent players is an incredible problem to have.
And Smart said he wants to stay. "We think that he'll be playing basketball in the next couple months".
"We're not going to do something unless it makes us better".
"It was a very disappointing loss", Ainge said.
Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told ESPN that the star guard wanted to watch the game but wasn't allowed to fly due to surgery. Ainge said on Monday that Irving had a deviated septum.
There must be something going around Boston because Irving's teammate Aron Baynes is also dealing with a nose injury.
On the other hand, we learned a lot about the composition of this young Celtics team during this exciting playoff run.
"I don't like to make excuses", said Smart, who underwent surgery in March for a torn ligament in his right thumb and returned after just six weeks, "but my thumb is killing me".