Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a recent interview with WEEI Sports Radio Network that he doesn’t expect any big trades to go through before the March 15th trade deadline.
“Nothing is even close. As of right now we have nothing close to happening,” he said. “It’s not from a lack of trying. Not necessarily to make major changes but to make small changes at least. But we still have a long time before March 15 to see if we can do something to help our team.”
All of Boston’s starters have been in the trade rumor mill at some point this season. All-Star PG Rajon Rondo has been brought up in a few potential scenarios and a number of teams have shown interest in sharp-shooter Ray Allen. It’s also been rumored that the C’s front office would listen to trade proposals from contending teams interested in acquiring Paul Pierce.
The Celtics began to show some life since returning from All-Star weekend, winning five in a row with a pair of OT victories over the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. On Wednesday they suffered a 103-71 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but this season’s grueling, condensed schedule may have played more of a factor than people realize.
Believe it or not, the Celtics can put together a playoff run with this team intact and healthy. A 7 game series with days in-between is much easier for Boston’s veteran roster to handle in comparison to nonstop back-to-back contests across the country. It would be a daunting task to go up against the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, but I’d like to see this core group of guys contest in post-season play just once more.
Boston can wait until next season to start rebuilding from the modern Big 3 era. The contracts of Kevin Garnett ($21 million), Ray Allen ($10 million) and Jermaine O’Neal ($6 million) will be expired by then, freeing up enough cap room for Boston to attract free agents to play alongside Pierce and Rondo. Until then it’s time for this core group of players to make their last stand. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!