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Danny Ainge open to 'the right role' with new team

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Danny Ainge's days as a general manager are likely behind him, but he isn't ruling out a return to an NBA front office in some capacity.

The former Boston Celtics president of basketball operations caught up with our Chris Forsberg for an exclusive 1-on-1 and opened up about his future plans.

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"I'm not closing the book on other opportunities, but it'd have to be the right situation," Ainge said. "I'd have to be working with the right people in the right role. I don't want to get back into 18-hour days. I don't think that's in anyone's best interest for that matter. But I know how much work it takes to be good at the job.

"At the same time, I have 40 years of experience in the NBA and I think I have a lot to offer some team that might see me as a helper to people in the organization. But yeah, just depending on what the role is."

Ainge followed his 14-year playing career -- eight of those years in Boston -- with an 18-year tenure as a front office executive for the C's. He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2008 when the Celtics raised Banner 17. Last summer, he stepped down as Boston's president of basketball operations and was replaced by then-Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

The Portland Trail Blazers' recent firing of Neil Olshey sparked rumors of Ainge replacing him as GM. But judging by his comments to Forsberg, a full-time GM role just isn't in the cards for the 62-year-old at this stage of his life. An assistant role, however, could pique his interest.

 

You can watch Forsberg's entire 1-on-1 with Ainge in the YouTube video below: