We have seen a lot of talk about the Boston Celtics a few days before the trading deadline. There has certainly been a lot of talk about Kevin Garnett, who has repeatedly said that he won’t waive his no-trade clause.
Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe has said that Boston President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge doesn’t seem optimistic that the Celtics will make a trade:
The NBA trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge doesn’t think the Celtics will have made a deal by then.
“It looks unlikely that anything will be done, other than possibly some players we will add to our roster,” Ainge said, adding that he wasn’t sure if they’d add them through free agency.
And it’s tough. The only trade chips he really has are KG (who won’t waive his no-trade clause) and Paul Pierce (who is an icon of Celtics basketball). They lost three players in three weeks. Rajon Rondo is out for the season because of a torn ACL, Jared Sullinger is also lost for the season because of back surgery, and Leandro Barbosa is lost for the year because of a knee injury of his own. So those are three possible trade chips (especially Rondo) that they can’t use.
Said Ainge: “I’m not looking to give up any of our players. We have a limited roster right now and I like all our guys. It’s just a matter of, is there a better fit, is there a position need. I don’t really think that there are. It’s just, can we improve our team?
The Celtics may have to dip into free agency to improve their team. They had asked retired Celtics point guard Keyon Dooling to return but ultimately, Dooling didn’t come back.
The Celtics take on the Nuggets in a rematch of their triple overtime classic from more than a week ago.