The Boston Celtics are close to agreement upon on a contract with JaVale McGee.
McGee's deal with the Celtics will be through next season.
McGee also received interest from a number of definite playoff teams.
The Philadelphia 76ers waived McGee after agreeing to buy out his contract in full.
"Javale is a long, athletic guy," Ainge said when asked for a scouting report on McGee. "We don’t have that type of player. Above the rim, he’s an offensive and defensive player. He’s been paid a lot of money in our league. He’s had some injuries, but he hasn’t lived up to his potential yet. We’re hoping that he can under Brad’s tutelage. I think he’s in a good place emotionally and mentally. I think he really wants to get his career on the right path."
Ainge also tried to explain why he believes McGee has had some difficulties in his career.
"I think that JaVale being a young kid coming in out of college, there’s a lot of growing pains with a lot of young kids," Ainge said. "They don’t go about it right, they don’t go about their careers correctly. They are into the NBA lifestyle, as opposed to being a pro, and working, and trying to improve yourself, and have a long lasting career. I’m not sure what’s gone on with JaVale and why he hasn’t reached his potential. I know he has a lot of potential, and I do think coaching personalities, team philosophies, team style of play and opportunity are usually what it takes for young kids to succeed."