With the trade deadline just hours away and numerous rumors hanging over the heads of the Celtics, Danny Ainge said that the possibility of a deal of any kind going down is pretty much up in the air. (ESPN Boston)
“I think it’s 50-50, but it may be a small deal,” he said in an interview Thursday morning on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "It may be not as exciting as people may expect. But we’re working hard, we’ll work hard the rest of the day until 3’oclock.”
“I have no desire to move anybody on our team,” Ainge said. "It’s just I have to look and so far I have nothing. We don’t have anything that we’re really excited about right now. If somebody steps up and ups their offers today who knows what might happen by the trade deadline. But I am prepared and comfortable with letting the season play out. If somebody wants to throw in first-round draft picks or give quality young players, that’s something we have to consider.”
To be honest, I'm shocked that the chances of a trade are this high. Ainge isn't going to give these guys away and I find it difficult to believe that any GM — with the exception of Otis Smith, who would probably trade Amway Center for a player to be named later — would give the Celtics anything besides the expiring contracts of stiffs who would make Mikki Moore look like a perennial All-Star in exchange for the expiring deals of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Nobody wants to take on Paul Pierce's contract and Rajon Rondo isn't garnering the type of offer that Ainge is looking for.
Could Ainge make a minor move to bring in a big man since all of ours are predictably injured? It could happen, but with the Celtics currently playing some of their best basketball of the season, I don't know if Ainge would want to jeopardize the Celtics' mojo for that right now. I suspect that he'll wait until the buyout season hits to make a move on a big.
This year's trade deadline should be much less earth-shattering, blood-boiling and controversial than last year's. What the heck are we going to talk about tonight?