Quick hits from Ainge

February, 1, 2013
2/01/13
6:17
PM ET
A handful of thoughts from Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge after Jared Sullinger underwent season-ending surgery on Friday:

On the decision for Sullinger to get surgery now: "He’s just not going to be effective, managing the pain was not a good option for us the rest of this year. And the uncertainty. His age, youth -- I think all those things are factors [in the decision to do surgery immediately]. It’s tough because I feel like we are still a good team [even after losing Rajon Rondo]. That was the tough blow [losing Sullinger]. We’ll just have to find a different way to win."

On Sullinger's long-term health: "Jared is going to be fine. We feel like this is the best thing for Jared’s long-term health."

On frontcourt depth, opportunities for rookie Fab Melo: "Actually, the center spot is probably our deepest spot with [Kevin Garnett], [Chris] Wilcox and [Jason] Collins playing and all healthy. I don’t know. We’ll see how [Fab Melo] progresses. We still want him to play, so we may be sending him up and down [to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League] still. We're grateful we can do that this year."

On potential roster moves moving forward: "I don’t know any of that yet. I'm not sure. We have three weeks before the trade deadline ends, and we’re trying to maintain flexibility. By that time, by the trade deadline date, we will have a full [15-man] roster, one way or another."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
18.8 1.7 0.9 33.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 7.9
AssistsJ. Nelson 7.3
StealsJ. Nelson 1.7
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.8