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Danny Ainge solely needs to work once more below a sure situation

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Ainge stepped down because the Celtics’ president of basketball operations in June.

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Danny Ainge seems to be on the seek for his subsequent job. Elise Amendola/AP

Not lengthy after Danny Ainge introduced his retirement from the Celtics in June, rumors started to swirl on what he would do subsequent.

Chatting with the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy, Ainge saved the door open on returning to the NBA in some type. Nevertheless, Ainge doesn’t desire a job much like the calls for of his earlier function.

“I need to work once more,” Ainge informed Shaughnessy. “I simply don’t need to do the loopy life-style that I had for the final 18 years. I’ve nothing proper now. I simply obtained completed with an extended stroll and swim this morning. And taking my spouse to tennis. We simply obtained again from spending a number of time with our mother and father that we haven’t seen for the reason that pandemic began, so we had some good instances with our household and there’s nothing on the horizon as I see it.”

Shaughnessy famous that Ainge was on the West Coast after they spoke. The Jazz – who play within the state the place Ainge went to varsity (BYU) and nonetheless has household – and the Path Blazers – who play in Ainge’s native state of Oregon – are the 2 groups that Ainge has been rumored to affix.

When Jazz govt vp Dennis Lindsey moved to an advisory function with the workforce in June, it was reported that Ainge could possibly be “in play” for a front-office function in Utah. The Athletic’s Tony Jones reported that Justin Zanik will lead the Jazz’s entrance workplace, that means Ainge can be in a smaller function.

Ainge additionally confirmed to Shaughnessy that his home in Wellesley is on the market, however he’s “not transferring for certain. We’re not sure on that.”

When the Celtics introduced that Brad Stevens would substitute Ainge, in addition they mentioned that Ainge can be working with the workforce “on transition planning by way of the upcoming offseason.” Since then, the Celtics have employed Ime Udoka to be their subsequent head coach and traded Kemba Walker to the Thunder for Al Horford and Moses Brown.

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