We’re live! (And has Ainge stopped talking yet?)

Here's Danny Ainge with his mouth open. Gee, there's a shock.

Here's Danny Ainge with his mouth open. Gee, there's a shock.

(It’s 3:30. The Clippers are still on the clock.)

Sometimes the news gets better for a team even when it’s not doing anything. Case in point: The Hawks.

While the Hawks have positioned themselves for a chance to build into legitimate contender status in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the recently dethroned-champion Boston Celtics could be sliding down. They were hurt by injuries and were bounced in the second round of the playoffs by Orlando. But they’re also getting old, and now they’re sniping at each other.

You probably heard rumors earlier this week that Boston was soliciting trade partners for point guard Rajon Rondo. I didn’t think much of it until general manager Danny Ainge went on a Boston sportstalk station Wednesday morning and – while shooting down the rumors – said Rondo needed to “grow up” and become “more of a leader” and “his presence hurt” the Celtics against Orlando.

(Let me just take a timeout for a brief editorial: Danny Ainge is a punk. We now resume.)

So. You didn’t really think the Rondo-Ainge battle was going to end there, did you?

The player’s agent, Bill Duffy went on radio station WEEI and fired back, saying, “I’m just surprised that Danny is speaking, even if he considers it constructively, in a public setting [about Rondo]. I don’t think that it’s appropriate to say that about one of your top players. Even if it’s spoken constructively, I don’t think it should be done in public.”

But I guess this means its OK for an agent to go on the radio and rip a general manager who ripped a player.

Duffy told the Boston Globe that Rondo’s “tough love for Danny isn’t necessary. He’s self-motivated and a self-starter.”

We’ll let you know if anybody’s wife or mother or sister goes on the radio to stand by their man.

Starting to feel better about things?

HOT NEW RUMORS!

Actually, there are none. I hate cheap page view tools. But here’s a few fresh notes:

♦ Golden State may not be done dealing. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Warriors have spoken with Phoenix about acquiring Amare Stoudemire for Andris Biedrins and the No. 7 pick, but that coach Don Nelson is defusing the rumors.

♦ The Lakers have sold their first-round pick (29th overall) to the New York Knicks for a second-rounder and $3 million. L.A. is trying to limit its luxury tax hit. The Knicks reportedly are looking at Miami guard Jack McClinton.

Josh Smith HAS NOT been traded! But he has been selected as one of 25 NBA players to participate in USA Basketball’s national team mini-camp in Las Vegas in July. The three-day camp will culminate in an all-star game July 25 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Former Georgia Tech player Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia) also was invited to the camp.

♦ A worthy Twitter from the website HoopsHype: “If you thought the NBA was rooting for a LeBron vs. Kobe Finals this year, how’s [it] going to be next season with Shaq also in the mix?

74 comments Add your comment

mudcat

June 25th, 2009
3:58 pm

The bloviation eruption from Danny Ainge is not news. The fact that he’s criticizing members of the team that HE put together is. The Celtics are fading and they need to act, but they need to keep a zipper on what they are thinking.

Rumor Mill:

June 25th, 2009
4:01 pm

Rumor: Milwaukee is making salary cap space to sign Carlos Boozer. They are set on picking Tyler Hansbrough with the #10 pick in the draft. The Hawks will be picking Ty Lawson or Brandon Jennings with the 19th pick for Milwaukee.

The Hawks and Bucks have agreed to do a sign and trade of Charlie V. for the 19th pick (Lawson or Jennings) and Mo Evans.

mudcat

June 25th, 2009
4:15 pm

Are you saying Mo Evans and our pick for Charlie Villanueva? Wow, very interesting. CV is a very good player with a great motor. Where’s this rumor coming from? If it’s ESPN related, forget it.

allan in texas

June 25th, 2009
4:17 pm

If the Milwaukee rumor comes to pass, how does that help the hawks pg situation?

Harry Hawk

June 25th, 2009
4:48 pm

Per Chad Ford:

The New Jersey Nets are in serious talks with the Magic about a deal that will send Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson to Orlando for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee, two league sources told ESPN.com.

(Burp.)

Najeh Davenpoop

June 25th, 2009
4:49 pm

Nets and Magic are in serious talks to swap Vince Carter for Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee.

Looks like no matter how hard the Hawks try, the Southeast Division crown is still staying in Orlando for a while.

LEA

June 25th, 2009
4:50 pm

I don’t believe that, We can just sign Charlie.. NO way I’m giving up the 19th pick for him.. He’s not that good..

Jeff Schultz

June 25th, 2009
5:25 pm

In addition to above rumors, Oklahoma City apparently is looking to move down out of the 3 spot: http://newsok.com/rumors-swirl-as-teams-jockey-for-draft-position/article/3380387

Dhani Jones

June 25th, 2009
5:47 pm

Rumor: Vince Carter to Orlando = Hawks miss the playoffs in 2009-2010.

They may as well hang the 2010 Division Championship banner in Orlando THIS FALL!!!

Dhani Jones

June 25th, 2009
6:17 pm

Is Danny Boy still talking out of his butthole?

Rondo will be traded…to Denver.

Just wait and see.

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Jeff Schultz

June 25th, 2009
7:31 pm

Sekou and I are here on the 18th floor of Centennial Towers, Atlanta Spirit headquarters.Neither Steve Belkin nor the Hawkls’ plan is anywhere in sight.

Jeff Schultz

June 25th, 2009
7:33 pm

What do you all think of the Orlando trade? …. Oh wait: It’s David Stern…. OMG, did he just say New York, home to the Knicks and Liberty. Which team is better?

Jeff Schultz

June 25th, 2009
7:43 pm

So Blake Griffin goes to the Clippers. First question: How do they screw this one up? (Sorry, it’s the Clippers)

Explicit

June 25th, 2009
7:47 pm

I can’t believe that two quality bigs in O’neal and Stoudemire are potentially going to be moved right before the draft and the Hawks have not been mentioned competeing for either of them. We really need a 5 and it doesn’t look like the GS/PHX trade is going to go through.

Jamal our 2nd and Marvin to PHX for Stoudemire.

Jeff Schultz

June 25th, 2009
7:56 pm

Explicit — Not sure what Shaq has left. But if he has ANYTHING left, it will help a team like Cavs more than Hawks.

No huge surprises in draft yet, despite oohs at the Harden pick. to Sacramento.

Jeff Schultz

June 25th, 2009
8:00 pm

Tyreke Evans to T-Wolves — first point guard is off the board. … And Ricky Rubio is sliding.

Antonio Gramsci

June 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

This Flynn pick has to be for another team. No way they keep both these guys. He’s a midget.

Jeff Schultz

June 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

Antonio — get the feeling could be a couple of trades. Warriors pick Curry after they just traded for Law. Getting crowded in GS.

Gee, Knicks fans boo a pick. What a shock. Jordan Hill (F) ends a run of four straight point guards taken.

country boy

June 25th, 2009
9:07 pm

OK Jeffy boy. Almost time to put your money on the table. Hawks – - Lawson ?, Teague ? does this guy from UCLA fall to us??? Anyone else there is a whisper about ?

Grip

June 25th, 2009
9:09 pm

If Rick Sund holds true to form he will take BJ Mullens, he is notorious for taking underachieving big men, If Jrue Holiday is there he may take him instead, Woody is screaming real loud at this point

Ryan

June 25th, 2009
9:10 pm

Will the hawks possibly pick Holiday if he continues to fall?

Ryan

June 25th, 2009
9:14 pm

I think we’re sitting pretty even now that Holiday’s gone…. Maynor and Teague are still on the board and we’re one pick away!

Jedd

June 25th, 2009
9:22 pm

I like Maynor

Ryan

June 25th, 2009
9:24 pm

TEAGUE!!! YEAH!!!

Antonio Gramsci

June 25th, 2009
9:25 pm

Like it a lot. Good choice. Now all we have to do is let Woody keep him on the bench all year.

legendary1

June 25th, 2009
9:26 pm

shoulda took Maynor…a REAL PG

DHawk

June 25th, 2009
9:27 pm

Well, a few years later we get the PG from Wake Forest. Good pick Hawks!!! And what the h— is Minnesota’s draft strategy?

Ryan

June 25th, 2009
9:29 pm

I’m wondering that myself…. all those trades to pick 3 pgs? I smell some trades coming

Mike R.

June 25th, 2009
9:31 pm

We just drafted a short Jamal Crawford. Practically another Flip Murray. Not exactly point guard numbers with 3.5 assists and 3.4 turnovers… sadly that was an improvement from his previous year.

Jesse

June 25th, 2009
9:31 pm

We’ll regret passing on Maynor. It’s like when we missed out on Andre Miller and took J. Terry. We need a real PG, not a scoring PG

country boy

June 25th, 2009
9:31 pm

DHawk – ESPN said the Lawson pick was made for Denver and they will recieve a pick next year in trade. Jeffy Boy – where are you !!! I’m not a huge BB fan but I thought you were kinda covering our local team in this thing. Bad time for you to have to take a rip – when the Hawks are almost on the clock.

dave

June 25th, 2009
9:33 pm

So, how ya’ feelin’ about now, Jeff?

What is MN doing?

June 25th, 2009
9:33 pm

Denver is going to take Lawson off their hands. Thats what!

Teague

June 25th, 2009
9:34 pm

Another DUD from the Hawks!

mudcat

June 25th, 2009
9:35 pm

Don’t understand this. We need a PG not a combo/hybrid type. Maynor should have been the pick. Oh well, hopefully RS knows what he’s doing.

Grip

June 25th, 2009
9:37 pm

Maynor easily makes more sense, with signing Jamal. Flip is history as well, no way you can bring him back now. Any body heard about us going after Marcus Camby. At least he did not take Mullens.

DHawk

June 25th, 2009
9:38 pm

legendary1, I think Teague is a great fit for our personnel. We need a guy besides Joe who can get to the rim off the dribble, and also be able to shoot from long range in the Bibby mold. I don’t know that Maynor could give us that, although I would have been ok with that move.

Mitchell

June 25th, 2009
9:39 pm

Love the pick! Teague can take half the scoring load off of Joe and can penetrate and dish to the athletic bigs… Unlike bibby. This guy is an athletic freak.

Kevin

June 25th, 2009
9:40 pm

The Hawks take the Wake Forrest point guard!!! Several years too late…ho hum.

DHawk

June 25th, 2009
9:41 pm

Thanks country boy. Getting a draft pick next year just underscores my point that I don’t know what Minnesota’s plan is; at some point you need players that can help you win. I guess they’re trying to be the New England Patriots of the NBA now.

DHawk

June 25th, 2009
9:42 pm

Enter your comments here

Terrell

June 25th, 2009
9:43 pm

We will see if ATL knows what they are doing. We traded away a pure PG that we didn’t give a chance to grow and then we draft a guy who is not a true PG. Look at the stats. Maynor was averaging more PPG than Teague, but we will see what happens. I don’t think we got our PG of the future, but I hope I am wrong.

DHawk

June 25th, 2009
9:43 pm

Sorry…inadvertent click there.

Johnny Hazeltine

June 25th, 2009
9:44 pm

Terrible! Terrible! Terrible!

Antonio Gramsci

June 25th, 2009
9:51 pm

What kind of a PG was Rondo at UK?

Ryan

June 25th, 2009
9:51 pm

I like it…. I don’t know if I trust Maynor due to his lower level of competition he went against… Teague was tested against some of the best teams in the country and came out on top…. His highlight film on espn showed me that he was able to pull off the harder shots and be a little more physical than Maynor…. I hope they both have great careers though

legendary1

June 25th, 2009
9:52 pm

DHawk, I hear you on Teague. I hope I am wrong but I felt the same way when we passed on D Williams (I personally didn’t want Paul…still would rather have Williams FWIW). I think the Crawford move was made to address second scorer, get-to-the rim problem we have. I think Maynor is more in the mold of guy that can be a long term answer at the PG position.

Can we draft a pick and roll defense?

Grip

June 25th, 2009
9:52 pm

DHawk I can not argue with you, those are some good points, but who is gonna distribute the rock? Crawford, Teague, flip, we have some capable people who can score, but no “traditional” pg

legendary1

June 25th, 2009
9:54 pm

I’m calling our next pick right now…Goran Suton.