Sport Danny Ainge: 'The East is going to be tough' even without LeBron James

17:10  12 july  2018
17:10  12 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Despite LeBron James' absence, Danny Ainge knows the road to the NBA Finals will still be a difficult one.

While speaking to reporters Wednesday after the team's summer league workout, the Celtics' president of basketball operations said James' move to Los Angeles has had no effect on his expectations for next season.

"What do I care about the Eastern Conference? I don't really care about that. We're trying to win championships, and you still have to play LeBron," Ainge said, via ESPN.

"I think that there's a lot of good teams in the East that get undersold a little bit. I think Washington, and Milwaukee [is] an up-and-coming team, and Toronto was the best team in the conference last year during the regular season. I think they're a fantastic team. So the East is going to be tough."

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Without LeBron , this series would be a wrap in five at the most. It might be anyway. And for that, the real credit ought to be going to Celtics GM Danny Ainge , who is the one who Report: Lakers want to add shooting. LeBron James is reportedly on board with the moves the Lakers have made so far.

James agreed to a four-year deal worth $154 million with the Lakers at the start of free agency and made the move official when he signed his contract Monday.

Meanwhile, the Celtics failed to reach an agreement on an extension with Marcus Smart before the start of the 2017-18 season, though the restricted free agent remains a top concern.

"Our priority remains the same. Our priority is still Marcus in free agency, and that's where we are," Ainge said.

As for Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, Ainge anticipates their return ahead of training camp pending no further setbacks in their recovery.

"Both of them sound very optimistic and sound healthy, and they're getting out on the court," Ainge said. "They should be playing full-court basketball by the time they get back to Boston sometime in August."

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