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Boston Celtics: Danny Ainge Says Making Playoffs Not a Goal

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COMMENTARY | The Eastern Conference is an absolute disaster. At 10-14, the Boston Celtics currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Heading into the season, it was clear the Celtics were rebuilding. This team looks completely different from last year's squad, particularly with Rajon Rondo still recovering from injury. Still, they've been pleasantly competitive under new head coach Brad Stevens.

The way things are going, the Celtics could be a playoff team. They're not a serious threat to beat any of the top teams, but it's nice to see this group playing well together.

Although they might end up in the playoffs, Danny Ainge says that making the playoffs is not a goal for the Celtics.

Wow, way to really fuel the tanking talk, Danny.

Player development is clearly Boston's goal this year, but Ainge did not need to put it this way. He's making it seem as if he wants the team to lose for a high draft pick as a loaded draft class is approaching. Most NBA executives aren't this blunt about their intentions, so it's surprising for Ainge to blatantly say that making the playoffs is not a goal.

We all know Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would be great, but keep this to yourself if you're an executive.

Regardless, Ainge isn't playing or coaching. Stevens has his youngsters playing well, and he'll continue to squeeze the most out of this roster. If the Eastern Conference continues to struggle, it's hard to imagine the Celtics won't be a playoff team with a healthy Rondo.

Couldn't you have been a little more discrete, Danny? This isn't the right thing to say with such a young team that is seemingly proud of their efforts so far this season. Maybe he'll trade away a few guys to take the team out of the playoff picture.

Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.

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