Celtics' Ainge: Prepared to stand pat this summer (maybe)

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"I don't think any of us can really understand", said Ainge.

The Celtics are positioned to match any reasonable offer for Smart this summer and, given the lack of teams with the resources and desire to add a player with Smart's skill set, it seems unlikely he'd get the sort of offer that would make it prohibitive for the Celtics to bring him back.

"On a daily basis, regardless of how good these players are, you've got to teach them", Cora said. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Horford, Marcus Morris, Daniel Theis, Terry Rozier, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele and Abdel Nader are all slated to return and are under contract.

"A couple years ago when Danny (Ainge) put this whole plan together we wanted to give ourselves as many chances as possible", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said postgame.

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"I get a kick out of the fact that everywhere I go people think that we don't need Kyrie or need Gordon Hayward", Ainge told reporters. "That's going to eat at all of us for a while".

"I want him here all the time", Jackson said about Irving.

Asked if the team was willing to pay what will be needed to keep Smart, Ainge said, "In Boston, our ownership group has been fantastic".

With young stars Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts expected to lead the Red Sox for the foreseeable future, Cora understands the importance of teaching them both on and off the field. "There's a lot of factors that go into it, but that being said, I want to be in Boston, I want to be here". "I've been here four years".

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Center Aron Baynes is an unrestricted free agent, as are Greg Monroe and Shane Larkin.

The 26-year-old was an All-Star during his first season with Boston, averaging 24.4 points and 5.1 assists in 60 games.

"Any time you see LeBron at the hoop your eyes should light up, especially watching him at a young age, you know, LeBron James, everybody knows who he is", Rozier said. "We were able to win some games and we were able to fight through some tough battles, but we're much, much better with Kyrie and Gordon". "And there's no guarantee that those deals are there", Ainge said. "I had a lot of fun leading these guys this year when I had to step up, next year it will play itself out the right way".

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