"The calls are coming in," Ainge said, "the calls have not been going out."
Ainge said he was in no rush to hire a coach, and he repeated -- definitively -- that he would not take the job himself. But asked for a similar pronouncement to put the end to Rondo trade talks, Ainge said, "I always listen to calls and listen to what ideas are, but we have no intentions of moving Rajon."
NBA free agency began on Monday, and it was a quiet day for the Celtics, who aren't likely to be active in the open market. While other teams were showing up on the doorstep of free agents at 12:01 a.m., Ainge said the Celtics don't have the cap room to add a free agent this summer -- or the interest.
"Free agency right now is not a priority for us," Ainge said. "We have too many players. We have logjams ... I think our job is to try to clean that up through the summer."
Ainge traded up twice in the draft to grab a pair of 7-footers in Thursday's draft, sending two second-round draft picks to Dallas to move up three spots and take Olynyk from Gonzaga and then buying the 53rd overall pick from Indiana and taking Iverson of Colorado State.
The players soon learned lesson No. 1 of life with the Celtics: There aren't too many low numbers available on the NBA's most-decorated franchise. The Celtics have retired 21 numbers, including 17 from 00-25, and Pierce's No. 34 is almost certain to be next (unless Ainge's No. 44 goes first).
Olynyk got No. 41, which was most productively worn by James Posey as a member of the 2008 NBA championship team; Iverson took No. 37, which has never been worn by a Celtic in an NBA game, according to BasketballReference.com.
"There's not a lot of numbers left, so obviously (there have been) a lot of great players," Iverson said. "No matter what happens here, I'm excited to be a part of it and I'm going to do whatever it takes to be in a Celtics jersey."
Olynyk said playing with Garnett and Pierce would have been a privilege, but joining a team that is in the process of trading away its two biggest stars (along with its coach) creates a chance for meaningful rookie minutes.
"Learning from those guys would be unbelievably exciting," he said. "Hopefully there are opportunities for us."
Olynyk has already made a splash in Boston -- with his long hair.
Ainge made several cracks about Olynyk's shoulder-length mane, saying it "looks like a hippie from Eugene, Ore., in 1977." Asked by reporters if there was any thought of cutting back now that he's in the NBA, Olynyk said genially, "We'll definitely have a look at that in the near future."
But co-owner Steve Pagliuca put his foot down: "We're fine with it here at the Celtics," he said with a chuckle.
CLIPPERS: Chris Paul is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The All-Star point guard agreed Monday to a new deal on the first day free agency opened, agent Leon Rose confirmed.
Paul led the Clippers to their first Pacific Division title last season, and his decision to stay is their second offseason victory, following the signing of Doc Rivers as their new coach.
Paul can earn about $108 million over five years with the Clippers. He averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and an NBA-best 2.4 steals per game last season.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist has helped turn around the Clippers franchise in two seasons since coming in a trade from the New Orleans Hornets. They made the playoffs in both seasons, advancing to the second round in 2012, and went 56-26 this season, the best record in their history.