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Danny Ainge: Terry Rozier hasn't complained about reduced playing time on Celtics

Danny Ainge: Terry Rozier hasn't complained about reduced playing time on Celtics

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that Terry Rozier has not expressed frustration about his minutes and he’s unaware of a report suggesting that seven teams are monitoring his situation.  

During his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich program, Ainge said Rozier has not expressed concern about his playing time and that no team has contacted Ainge about Rozier’s availability since the start of the season. 

"I talk to Terry quite a bit and I haven’t heard any of those types of things. So I don’t know how reliable any of the sources or rumors are,” said Ainge. "Terry hasn’t shared any of those with me, and I think he would if he was feeling that way. Terry knew going in this year what his situation, what his role was going to be, and he was as excited and enthusiastic as anybody on our team for the upcoming season. I know for sure that Terry would love to be playing more more minutes but there’s a lot of guys on the team that would love to be playing more minutes.”

Ainge said he has a close relationship with Rozier and believes, if he was frustrated, he would voice his concerns with team management.

"I feel like I have this relationship with Terry where he would come to me and talk to me or [coach] Brad [Stevens] if he was really frustrated about his situation,” said Ainge. "And none of that has happened."

A tweet from the Ringer’s Bill Simmons Wednesday suggested Rozier was upset with his role and that teams around the league knew the Celtics would have to explore deals to move him. The Athletic reported that at least seven teams were monitoring Rozier’s situation. 

Ainge dismissed all the reports and speculation.

"I don’t know where any of this stuff is coming from. I don’t know anything about the seven teams monitoring him and all that kinda stuff,” said Ainge. "I don’t believe any of it, put it that way.”

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Trae Young wants another shot at Jayson Tatum in NBA Skills Challenge

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Trae Young wants another shot at Jayson Tatum in NBA Skills Challenge

Jayson Tatum's dramatic victory in the NBA All-Star Weekend Skils Challenge made for great entertainment.

But Trae Young didn't exactly enjoy how it played out.

Young was the victim of Tatum's half-court heave that stunned the Atlanta Hawks guard as he casually pulled up for a 3-pointer from just beyond the arc.

And just minutes after the dust settled on Tatum's victory, Young demanded a rematch on Twitter.

It's a fair request from Young, who had a huge lead in the final round before Tatum snatched the trophy from his grasp.

But the Boston Celtics forward respectfully declined -- for now, anyway.

You'd decline too if you had the possibility of free tacos in your future.

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Jayson Tatum's wild Skills Challenge win had Celtics Twitter buzzing

Jayson Tatum's wild Skills Challenge win had Celtics Twitter buzzing

In a building full of household NBA names, a 20-year-old kid stole the show.

That'd be Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who won the Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend on Saturday night by hitting a ridiculous half-court bank shot to defeat Trae Young in the final round.

It was probably the most dramatic finish since the Skills Challenge first launched in 2003, so naturally, it sent Twitter into a frenzy.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was one of the first to shout out Tatum after the dramatic victory.

Celtics legend Bill Russell also had a pretty good view of Tatum's heroics.

... As did Tatum's mother, Brandy Cole.

Celtics forward Marcus Morris and assistant general manager Mike Zarren showed their young swingman some love, too.

Weird Celtics Twitter predictably had a field day with Tatum, who became the first player in franchise history to win the Skills Challenge.

Go get those tacos, Jayson.

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