In today's Metro West Daily Scott Souza talks to Danny and relays some good news. Some thoughts on what Danny has to say:
I am glad that Danny isn't looking to make a deal just for the sake of making a deal. We have young talent and all that is needed is patience for them to turn into the caliber of players that other teams are going to want to trade for. I have waited 20 years for a championship team in Boston... I can wait a couple more. I would rather wait another year or two and go with what we have than trade away too much just to get a veteran.
Danny feels that Al will be ok. He said that they wanted to clean it out similar to what they are going to do with Pierce's elbow. I still think that Al's friend who posted on RealGM had it right in that the medical staff missed something along the line of bone chips and it was causing the pain, not a sprain. I hope this clears up the recurring pain that he was feeling because I know what it is like to have bone chips causing pain and having doctors tell you it is in your head and to just work through it. It really messes with your head.
I knew Perk would be fine. He is one tough kid. I know he will be ready for camp and in great shape too. I hope this is the end of shoulder problems for him.
We will soon know how Tony's legal problems turn out. His trial is in just a couple of weeks. Danny seemed to think that he would be ok but isn't sure enough to pick up his option until he knows for sure. I am hoping it all goes away because Tony could really make a difference.
Very good news on Wally. I think Tanguay was being an alarmist. Wally has been playing at a high level since college with no cartilage in his knees. I expect him to come back and play very well with no problems from the knee. Either Danny is trying to put a good spin out there to up his trade value or he really feels that Wally will be healthy and able to contribute. I am hoping for the latter.
"I really like what I am seeing," he continued, "with how the players we have played out in Las Vegas. So maybe, based on that, I am less disappointed than I would have been on draft night (for not making another trade).
"I am still trying to make some things happen. I am going to continue spending time, all the way through October, looking to see if there is something available to make us better. If there is, then I would still consider bringing in a veteran for a couple of young guys. But I don’t feel like I have to do anything right now." [More] source: Metro West Daily
I think early on, Ainge felt the pressure by the owners to drastically improve the team this year by adding key pieces, like veteran star players. But being how Ainge is a smooth talker, I think he's convinced the owners to hold onto their seats and allow the young players on the team to develop, which allows for 2 things. 1) it will allow them to gain more value in a trade, and 2), it will allow us to see which players we should hold onto and which ones we can afford to trade away.