Ainge: Time will tell on draft picks
June, 29, 2012
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- A handful of quick hits from Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge after completing his draft-night haul in Ohio State's Jared Sullinger (No. 21), and Syracuse's Fab Melo (No. 22) and Kris Joseph (No. 51):
* Ainge's thoughts on Boston's three draft picks: "Well, I think we got a 3, 4, and 5. We thought that was important. We didn't necessarily draft on need, although big guys are hard to find. Quality bigs are the most challenging position to find in the draft and in free agency, so we're very excited about the results tonight."
* On his emotions following the draft: "You guys have been covering me for a while now. I don't get really too excited or up or down on these... Sometimes the rookies turn out great and sometimes they struggle. Time will tell. And it's up to them. They'll get an opportunity and if they work at it and they get better, some guys get better, some don't. Having said that, I'm very optimistic for these three guys. I think they have a bright upside, and all of them are workers. All of them put in the time and want to improve, and we'll see if they can make the adjustments."
* On having plans for the first days of free agency next month: "I've been talking with Kevin (Garnett) and his people, and don't really have any conclusions yet. But that's a big part of it, absolutely. That's our No. 1 option, and one reason is because Kevin's such a valuable player and the other reason is he's the only guy we can talk to until Sunday."