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BSJ Exclusive: Austin Ainge opens up on Robert Williams, 2019 draft class, Celtics offseason plans

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LAS VEGAS — For the second-straight season, the Celtics have looked abroad to strengthen the back end of their roster (Brad Wanamaker).

One Celtics executive at the forefront of locating and luring talent from overseas is Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge. As one of Boston’s top scouts, Ainge has spent a large chunk of the past several seasons not only evaluating college prospects, but also building the C's reach within Europe (Daniel Theis, Guerschon Yabusele, Shane Larkin) sat down with Ainge for an exclusive interview in Las Vegas this week to get an inside look at the pursuit of Wanamaker, his view of the upcoming 2019 draft class (Celtics could have up to four picks), rehab updates on Daniel Theis and Gordon Hayward and how he views the Celtics core against the rest of the league heading into the 2018-19 season.

Boston Sports Journal: How long had you guys been tracking Brad Wanamaker and when did you feel like he became ready to make the jump?