Danny Ainge is ready for some Celtics workouts to begin


Teams across the NBA are opening their facilities for controlled workouts. By "controlled" we're talking about one player working with a maximum of one coach, scheduling out the visits to each gym.

The Celtics, however, are still waiting.

Massachusetts government officials still haven't given the team the go-ahead to workout at the Auerbach Center in Brighton. Danny Ainge believes it might be time to take that next step.

"I think that we’re just hoping," the Celtics GM told the Boston Herald. “I mean, we’re hoping it’s any day. We’re just waiting to hear. But everybody’s got their own things they’re doing, so it’ll happen soon enough. ...

"It’s just not that complicated. What we’re trying to do is have one-on-zero workouts. Like, it’s probably the cleanest environment that anybody’s working at in the country, with the sanitization that has to go on and the coaches wearing masks and gloves. I mean, heck, it doesn’t seem that complicated."

There have been reports that the NBA is ready to put forth guidelines for a return on June 1, starting the process of bringing players back for a possible July start to the season.

"I really don’t know. I’m hopeful," Ainge told the Herald. "I remain hopeful; I’ve been hopeful. But I wouldn’t say that I have more confidence. I’m hoping for it."