Ainge expects KG decision before July 1
"We're having a conversation with Kevin, but we don't have any answers on whether he's coming back or not," Ainge told reporters at the Celtics' practice facility in Waltham. "I'll know that by July 1. I'll be in communication with him and I'll have some sort of read on that and a better feel."
Ainge said he isn't rushing Garnett to make a decision, despite the fact that he's still the most important piece the team needs to establish before they openly pursue other players.
"There's no deadline with Kevin," Ainge said. "Kevin's the only free agent we have that we can talk to now. We don't have to wait until July 1 because he's eligible for an extension, but the rest of the players we have to wait until July 1."
Ainge said he still believes Garnett isn't considering playing for another team, believing he'll either choose the Celtics or retirement.
"I think so," Ainge said when asked about it being between the Celtics and retirement for Garnett. "As of right now, yeah."
Play Podcast ESPN NBA analyst Jon Barry says it's time for the Celtics to start the rebuilding process, talks about the genuine disdain between the Heat and Pacers, says the Pacers need to take better care of the ball to have a chance in Game 2 and weighs in on the Grizzlies' attempt to get back into their series against the Spurs.
Play Podcast ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney gives his thoughts on Mike Trout's cycle and compares Trout's production with Miguel Cabrera's. Olney also says Jacoby Ellsbury's lack of production is putting the Red Sox in a tough spot and explains why Cole Hamels' poor start isn't too much of a concern.
Play Podcast Indians manager Terry Francona dishes on his return to baseball, joining Cleveland, Miguel Cabrera, his time with the Red Sox, MLB's usage of instant replay and more.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter covers Rob Gronkowski's latest forearm surgery, the possibility of a new league schedule, Super Bowls L and LI, Charles Woodson and more.