Danny Ainge explains not picking up available free agents for playoffs

In general manager Danny Ainge’s eyes, the Boston Celtics do not need to pick up any available free agents for their playoff run.

Per an article from Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Ainge explained why he hasn’t made moves to pick up players who have recently been bought out or other free agents like Jamal Crawford, who has waited to be signed since last summer.

“It’s my impression that they’re rarely as good as people think they are,” Ainge told the Herald. “A lot of people, including myself and coaches and players, think that a player is still what he was two or three years prior or that he can return to a time of (when he was a) better player. But there’s always a reason why players are available.”

The Celtics as currently constructed have a legitimate chance at coming out of the Eastern Conference.

With their collection of wings in Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have a triad of scorers and ball handlers. Add Kemba Walker onto that, and the Celtics make for one of the most difficult teams to defend on the perimeter.

This season the Celtics are shooting 36.4% from the 3-point line, ranking 11th in the NBA. Among teams that are over .500, the Celtics rank sixth in 3-point percentage, with the Utah Jazz sitting at the top.

The Celtics will play the Jazz in TD Garden on Friday at 8 p.m. EST.

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