SALT LAKE CITY — Danny Ainge is prepared to see the Boston Celtics’ rebuilding process through. While in better days for the club he pondered how long he wanted to remain in charge, Ainge insists now he’s committed to a job he’s enjoying.

Ainge, in his 12th season as president of basketball operations, commenced a roster reconstruction the summer before last with the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The frequency of transactions has accelerated in recent weeks as the Celtics gather draft picks and shed salary.

“I feel like I love what we’re doing,” Ainge said. “I think that we have a big task and a real challenge ahead of us, and I love the challenge. I’m ready for the long haul and we’re prepared to do it as quickly as we can. But I’m also ready to do it the long way of developing players into a good team.

“I love what I do. I love the people I work with, and I think we just all take it a year at a time. But right now I’m looking at it as a phase. I plan on being here for a while, and I plan on Brad (Stevens) being our coach for a while, and I plan on us turning this thing around.”

While former coach Doc Rivers chose to leave for the Los Angeles Clippers because he didn’t want to go through the rebuild, the fact the Celtics are down is one reason the job is attractive to Ainge. He actually likes the chess match that is NBA roster rebuilding.

“It really invigorates you. It’s a challenge,” he said. “And it’s always a challenge, whether you’re a good team or a bad team. Like right now we’re sort of in between. We’ve got some good young players and there’s a lot of good things I see on the horizon. And I love the challenge of building a championship team.”


CELTICS 99, JAZZ 90: Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points and Boston held on at Salt Lake City.

“I just had shots fall for me tonight and got in a good rhythm,” Prince said. “Everybody knows I bring some intangibles and defense. I can slow things downs and help my teammates out, but tonight shots were falling and that made it even better.”

Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which grabbed control with a big second quarter. Jared Sullinger had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Avery Bradley also scored 12.

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