Boston will be one of, if not the favorite to win the Eastern Conference next season.
This summer may present him with an even bigger challenge: standing pat.
Though Irving was absent, injured forward Gordon Hayward (left ankle) and injured point guard Shane Larkin (left shoulder) both sat on the Celtics' bench Sunday.
And that's not really in Ainge's nature.
The silver lining to a 2017-18 campaign which saw the Boston Celtics on the brink of reaching the NBA Finals is that the team should be exponentially better next season. "We're not looking to make changes other than just small tweaks here and there to our roster".
"At this time a year ago", he said, "I couldn't have said that we were going to have 11 new players off the team that just won 52 games and won a playoff round (actually two), but you just don't know what opportunities present themselves".
Kyrie Irving was not on the bench for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night. He had a deviated septum. From Jayson Tatum, who looked every bit the part as he went to war against arguably the best player of all-time, to the likes of Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart.
You will never get better top talent than the Warriors, and LeBron James could create another super team depending where he goes. "It was one of those games we lost that we should have won". But, as it turns out, he had a good reason.
"Last year, we didn't know all that stuff was going to happen, but we do feel we have a bright future with this team", Horford said. "We can't think about 'what could have been.' But when Kyrie is on our team, we're at another level".
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Finances aside, the Celtics appear to be very interested in bringing Smart back.
"Gordon is progressing well", Ainge said.
And Smart said he wants to stay.
"Danny emphasizes all the time how much he loves me as a player and emphasized how much they want me here. I been here for four years; my heart's here".
Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games in his first season in Boston.
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And with Ainge calling the shots, it's nearly impossible to predict the future.
Ownership has indicated a willingness to spend for a contender, but it's unclear at what level, and even less clear where Smart - whose unique style of play makes his potential salary exceedingly hard to project - fits into that reality.
"It was a very disappointing loss", Ainge said.