Celtics

Analysis: Danny Ainge dishes on Marcus Smart’s free agency, LeBron leaving East and looming luxury tax

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LAS VEGAS -- Danny Ainge held court with reporters on Wednesday morning for the first time since the NBA free agency period opened up. The president of basketball operations offered updates on the team's plans for free agency, how the luxury tax will factor into Boston's future and what the departure of LeBron James to the Western Conference means for the Celtics. A look at a few of his more notable comments and what takeaways can be taken from them.

Ainge on Marcus Smart and the C's free agency plans: "There are guys that we’re looking. We’re all here watching all the teams play in the Summer League, watching different guys work out. But our priority remains the same. Our priority is still Marcus in free agency, and that’s where we are.”

BSJ Analysis: This should come as no surprise given the crowdedness of the C's roster and quality of players left available in free agency.