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Quick hits from Doc, Danny conference

WALTHAM, Mass. -- A few quick highlights after Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers met with the media Thursday to discuss the team's post-lockout approach on the first day players were allowed to return to the team's practice facility:

* Ainge not looking to trade Rondo: Amidst rumors of the Celtics lusting over New Orleans point guard Chris Paul, Ainge was asked if he was trying to trade Rajon Rondo. "I’m not, no," bottom-lined Ainge. Asked how he'll approach his young guard given all the media attention around the rumored deal, Ainge said he'll be honest with him. "I”ll talk to Rondo," he said. "But I won't tell you what I’ll say to him. Rondo will be fine, Rondo knows that we love him. He knows that we like him. He’s excited to come back and play basketball, in my opinion. He gets a lot of attention; He's a great player. There’s a lot of people that call me and aks me about Rondo. So, how these rumors get out, it’s unfortunate, but we didn’t leak those rumors out. We’ll deal with it. He’ll be fine."

* Doc excited to get back to work: Having inking a long-term extension before the start of the lockout, Rivers said he's eager to get back to working with his players. He enjoyed his time away with his family, traveling throughout the break with son, Austin, who is a freshman at Duke. "I’m just thrilled to be able to do my job again. I am really looking forward to this season. You’ve just been kind of a holding pattern. Now to get started, and in Danny’s case, trying to fill out the right roster for us. Now we can do that, or at least get started on doing that. I’m just excited that we can get going."

* Quick hits: A handful of quick-hit details that Ainge and Rivers stressed during the conference:

-- The Celtics do not plan to use the amnesty clause to void a contract this season

-- Ainge expects to only have the mini mid-level exception ($3 million) available

-- Asked about a priority, Ainge said size is at the top of his shopping list

-- Ainge said he hopes to have 10 bodies in camp when it opens on Dec. 9

-- Ainge has field numerous calls from other general managers about his players

-- Rivers and Ainge noted at various times an interest in bringing back Jeff Green, Glen Davis, and Delonte West