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Danny Ainge said the #celtics have not made a promise to Royce White and they are open to trading up or down. No word on KG's status23 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite@GwashNBAGlobegary washburnMan, this Royce White promise/not promise is making me dizzy.This seems like as good a time as any to promote two profiles on White that should be considered must-read, for two reasons:1) He could become a Celtic, promise or otherwise.2) He’s more fascinating than a blind Nascar driver.Jonathan Abrams for Grantland: The Music In Royce White’s Head
Royce White’s neck hurts. His knee balloons and throbs. As he climbs into the back of a white Cadillac STS to better stretch out his 6-foot-8-inch frame, he turns on “Here Comes the Sun.” These ailments are souvenirs from workouts for the men who control his future. He’s just completed one with the decision makers of the Minnesota Timberwolves and is returning home to Ames, Iowa. He hustled for his hometown franchise, and it’d be comforting to be drafted there, where just a few years ago his bid to stay close for college ended so terribly.A lot has changed since then. White, no longer a collegiate cautionary tale, is on the precipice of becoming a professional product. But the constant workouts are taking a toll on his body, and lately he’s been wondering if they’re designed for teams to explore his skill set or his mind. He thinks he knows the answer. There’s a secret code for players who have been deemed damaged goods. He’s a “talented enigma.” Or scouts aren’t sure about his “motor.” Or his “work ethic” and “maturity” are in question. It’s a new language that we take for granted, and these overwrought phrases do little to describe prospects pre-draft. None more so than Royce White.
Pablo Torre for Sports Illustrated: The Mystery Pick Is Royce White
To hear of a prospect with musical aspirations is to roll your eyes and wonder: Can he possibly be any good? White sits at the iMac in the makeshift studio in his apartment, feeling the weight of such presumptions. And he clicks on Logic Pro, a music editing program, striving to puncture them. White’s songs are not hip-hop but pop rock. They are not amateurish but anthemic, blending a half-dozen instruments. And White does not even write them for himself; he aspires to produce. “The NBA is talking about my anxiety disorder,” White says, speakers blaring. “What’ll they do when I gotta accept a Grammy?”The rumination doesn’t end there. He also faults the league for inspiring so many inner-city kids to futilely devote their lives to basketball, adding, “I’m not scared of how David Stern is going to react when he hears that I said that.” Instead of attending the draft, White is throwing a party in Ames to raise more money for Orchard Place.Until then, he will keep grappling with the same old stressors. Already a light sleeper, White has traveled across the country, alone and wide-eyed, for the first time since he was a teenage recruit. “And I’m scared as hell,” he admits. White flew commercial to five cities before Vye canceled his remaining workouts last week, fueling the latest round of intrigue—Is Royce hurt? Scared? The recipient of a first-round promise?In those visits, puzzled execs liked to play casting director: Who are you? What can you be in the NBA? Magic? LeBron? Boris Diaw? The questioning was tense—not to mention ironic. The answer, tattooed and transparent, is still staring everyone in the face.
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The draft is a little more than 24 hours away, and the burning question remains… did Danny Ainge make a promise to Royce White?
His answer today: No.
“As a general rule I do not make promises,” Ainge said. “I have before, it’s been a while, and we did not make a promise, no. On draft day I’ll have 10 contingency plans and we’re exploring all the trade possibilities...
I think that's what he's doing. Anyone know a good lip reader?
After the jump we hear from our assistant GM that I didn't even know we had.
Danny Ainge says Jared Sullinger has a “disk” issue in his back that may or may not require surgery #celtics
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) June 29, 2012
Literally didn’t take sixty minutes from the time I posted Jared Sullinger’s grade of a “B” for the Celtics to announce that Sullinger might require surgery.
I want a trade-back Oklahoma City and I want it now.
Danny Ainge refuted a report indicating the Celtics made a promise to draft Royce White.
Danny Ainge spoke to the media the day before the NBA draft on a variety of topics about the Celtics' future. Also, fan favorite Mickael Pietrus speaks to Molly McGrath about his offseason surgery and summer (video after the jump).
For any team in any sport, the draft is the primary period where the public truly sees an organization’s brain-trust come together in one room to set the direction for the unit.
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Danny Ainge would probably promise Anthony Davis that the Celtics would draft him with the 21st pick on Thursday, if Davis were on the board. Beyond that, Ainge is not going to put his word on the line when the future of the Celtics franchise, not to mention his own job, is on the line. "As a general rule, I do not make promises," said Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball...
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Celtics Under Contract:
Paul Pierce: 15,333,334
Rajon Rondo: 10,045,454
Avery Bradley: 1,524,480
JaJuan Johnson: 1,042,320
Jared Sullinger: ~1,300,000
Fab Melo: ~1,200,000
E’Twaun Moore: 473,604
General Manager Danny Ainge has roughly $30,919,192 in
salary currently committed to the 7 players under contract for the 2012-2013
season. With the cap projected somewhere...
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Sullinger, a talented 6-foot-9 post player and rebounder, got by without a lot of lift in his game, and some question about his ability to score over long defenders. His back issues, which plagued him over his two...