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Celtics' Ainge says he's not trying to trade Rondo

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm •  Published: July 1, 2013
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The players soon learned lesson No. 1 of life with the Celtics: There aren't too many low numbers available on the NBA's most-decorated franchise. The Celtics have retired 21 numbers, including 17 from 00-25, and Pierce's No. 34 is almost certain to be next (unless Ainge's No. 44 goes first).

Olynyk got No. 41, which was most productively worn by James Posey as a member of the 2008 NBA championship team; Iverson took No. 37, which has never been worn by a Celtic in an NBA game, according to BasketballReference.com.

"There's not a lot of numbers left, so obviously (there have been) a lot of great players," Iverson said. "No matter what happens here, I'm excited to be a part of it and I'm going to do whatever it takes to be in a Celtics jersey."

Olynyk said playing with Garnett and Pierce would have been a privilege, but joining a team that is in the process of trading away its two biggest stars (along with its coach) creates a chance for meaningful rookie minutes.

"Learning from those guys would be unbelievably exciting," he said. "Hopefully there are opportunities for us."

Olynyk has already made a splash in Boston — with his long hair.

Ainge made several cracks about Olynyk's shoulder-length mane, saying it "looks like a hippie from Eugene, Ore., in 1977." Asked by reporters if there was any thought of cutting back now that he's in the NBA, Olynyk said genially, "We'll definitely have a look at that in the near future."

But co-owner Steve Pagliuca put his foot down: "We're fine with it here at the Celtics," he said with a chuckle.