Alan Diaz/Associated Press
By SI Wire
July 11, 2014

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge knows what it is like to sweat during the free agency process and says he feels empathy for what Miami Heat president Pat Riley is going through, reports.

Just last year, it was Ainge who made comments about the Heat and was told in not so kind words by Riley to shut his trap and manage his own team.

Riley is waiting on the decisions of his Big 3 players, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, about where they are going to play next season after all three exercised the early termination clause in their contracts.

"No, I don’t take any pleasure in anyone’s pain. I know this is a tough business and free agency and is all part of what we all go through. I certainly don’t take any joy in seeing great players leave organizations that have been good to them," Ainge said, via

Ainge said he has no clue James where will end up.

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"I don’t know, it depends,” Ainge said. "You mean shifting from one city to another in the Eastern Conference? Wherever LeBron goes, the team is a contender. That’s how good a player he is.”

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