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Celtics’ Danny Ainge Discusses Isaiah Thomas’ Contributions To Team

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Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge knows how important former guard Isaiah Thomas, who recently signed with the Denver Nuggets, was to his team during his tenure with the Celtics.

“Isaiah added credibility to our team by making us a legitimate basketball team,” Ainge said, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. “And on top of that he was very entertaining.

“But he was all-in. He was all-in for the team. He was recruiting Al Horford to come. He was recruiting Gordon Hayward to come to play with him. He’s earned a lot of respect in my eyes.

“He was a big part in the perception of our team at that time, no doubt.”

Ainge also talked about how trading Thomas was one of the hardest decisions he has had to make as a general manager.

“Are you kidding me? That was very difficult,” Ainge said.

“You know, making the deals for Isaiah and Avery (Bradley) were two of the toughest things I’ve had to do in this job. I’ll always have a fond place for those guys and root for them and cheer for their success. But, yeah, those were two hard moves to make.”

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Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer

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Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.

Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.

“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”

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Kyrie Irving Announces Commitment to Celtics Long-Term

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of fans happy on Thursday night, including the Celtics organization, when news broke that he had met with ownership over the past few months and is committed to the Celtics for the long term, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Irving announced his plans to re-sign with the team during a fan event at the TD Garden on Thursday night.

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Re-Affirms Desire to Stay in Boston, Says it’s Not All About the Money

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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is doubling down on his comments that he wants to remain with the Boston Celtics, saying that at this point in his career, it’s not all about the money as he prepares for free agency next summer.

Irving, who turned down a contract extension this summer, spoke about his decision making process as he enters the final season of his current deal.

“To be in a position to even be considered a franchise free agent is pretty awesome,” Irving said, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. “At this point in my career, it’s not so much about the money, it’s not so much about the extra curricular things, it’s like OK, where am I happy? Where am I most comfortable? Who’s going to give me that [atmosphere] where I would love to grow as a human being? I spent more time with my teammates than I do with my family and you want to be in a place where thinking about starting over again, obviously that’s what the thing you think about.”

Irving then spoke again about his preference to remain in Boston.

“You think, ‘what about a new location?’ and it’s just like I want to be comfortable and what’s better than being in Boston?” Irving asked.

“This year has felt much different because of the environment that has been created for me and by me and going to the new practice facility. There’s nothing like playing at TD Garden. “I didn’t say that to appease you guys. I actually love Boston.”

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