And with the Celtics hovering around the fringes of the East playoff picture, Ainge decided now was the time to shake up the roster, in the hopes of Boston returning to something closer to the level it is used to playing at.
"This is a team I put together. I am responsible for it. I think that you talked about patience; I think I am very, very patient. I've been at this a long time. I think there's a time to overreact, but I didn't feel pressure to do any of these things. I feel that this is a deal I would have done at any time over the last few years, probably, with this opportunity. But I guess the greatest pressure is just I want our players to feel hope, and I want our coach to feel hope, and I sense some discouragement internally with our guys. So that was one reason why we did something now as opposed to waiting down the road."