Danny Ainge, appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, said the Celtics aren't reacting to what the Cavs do this offseason.
“It doesn’t matter,” Ainge said Monday on the “Dan Patrick Show” when asked how the Cavs' moves, or lack of moves (read: trade Kyrie Irving or not?), affect the what the Celtics do. “We have our own problems and our own challenges and trying to put players together that can win and compete in the league today is very difficult.
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"Obviously we’re competing to try to get the same players that everybody wants in the league, but other than that, we’re not reacting to things that they’re doing right now,” Ainge said.
With or without Irving, Cleveland still has LeBron James and, to Ainge, he's still the best player in the NBA.
“They have a great team," Ainge said. "When you have LeBron James on your team, you’ve got to find some players who can compete against him, and that’s tough to do. He’s been the best player in the league for the last five or six years.”
Does the C's acquisition of Gordon Hayward make them better than the Cavs?
"I don't know," the Celtics president of basketball operations said. "The summer isn't over. There's still time [for moves to be made]. We've just acquired some players that we like. That's a question maybe I can answer in November or December."