Celtics’ Ainge: ‘We’re not looking to make changes’

Danny Ainge of the Celtics says winning the NBA title is the goal, not winning the East.

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is not one to shy away from making big splashes in the summer.

Ainge made two big moves just last offseason when he traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers to select budding star Jayson Tatum and also traded for Kyrie Irving, sending away Celtics favorite Isaiah Thomas in a much-talked about blockbuster deal.

The Celtics had a special season in 2017-18. After losing Gordon Hayward for the season on opening night and Irving in April, Boston defied all the odds and made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals behind the special play of Tatum, fellow youngster Jaylen Brown and veteran Al Horford.

But as has been the case since 2011, LeBron James once again proved that the East is his to own.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 in Boston Sunday night, a place where the Celtics hadn’t lost all postseason, to advance to their fourth straight NBA Finals.

The Celtics should hold their heads up high despite failing to reach the Finals. They went on this spirited run without two All-Stars in Irving and Hayward and gave James a steep run for his money.

Tatum and Brown proved they can shine on the big stage and have bright futures and the return of a healthy Irving and Hayward, along with Horford, gives the Celtics a lethal starting five for 2018-19.

Since Ainge has proven to be dauntless in his offseason moves, some think he’ll try and trade for San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. Leonard’s relationship with the Spurs soured this season and there have been reports that he may not want to remain with the franchise.

Ainge, however, says as of now, he’s not thinking about making a big change to the roster.

“I like this group of guys,” Ainge said at his end of the season presser Monday. “We’re not looking to make changes other than just small tweaks here and there to our roster. We really do like this core group of guys that we’ve had all year.”