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Danny Ainge Says No Deal Completed With Celtics
Ainge Says No Deal Completed With Celtic
By Associated Press
May 8, 2003, 6:05 PM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Danny Ainge said Thursday he had two one-hour meetings with the new owners of the Boston Celtics but no deal has been completed for him to return to the franchise.
Ainge, who played for the Celtics, was offered the job of head of basketball operations, according to The Boston Globe. The team will make a more formal presentation when Ainge is in Boston on Friday night to serve as a television analyst for Game 3 of the Celtics' playoff series with New Jersey, according to The Boston Herald.
Broadcast reports said he was offered the job of team president.
Chris Wallace is the current general manager and head of basketball operations. Former coach Red Auerbach is the team president.
"While my long-term goals of running a franchise have been well publicized, no deal has been completed and no deal has been signed," Ainge said in a statement issued Thursday by TNT, which will televise Friday's game.
Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said Thursday he had no information on the reports.
Ainge, 44, knows Steve Pagliuca, part of the ownership group that bought the team this season from Paul Gaston. Wyc Grousbeck, the team's chief executive and managing partner, refused to comment.
Ainge played in Boston from 1981 to 1989 and was a member of two Celtics championship teams, in 1984 and 1986.
He and Brad Lohaus were traded to Sacramento in 1989 for Joe Kleine and Ed Pinckney. Ainge later played for Portland and finished his career with Phoenix.
He coached the Suns from 1996-99.
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