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ďRealistically, I donít see major changes coming,Ē said Ainge, well aware that market factors and the Rubikís Cube difficulties of finding a transaction that meets the needs of two teams at the same time conspire against blockbuster trades.
It not a huge secret that Celtics president Danny Ainge and his staff have been kicking the tires on their options for most of the past month. The Celtics have always been aggressive about shopping the marketplace, but despite rampant speculation that Boston might move one of its core pieces like say a Paul Pierce, Celtics sources say that unless it returned a bona fide All-Star of Pierceís stature in return moving him was not in the cards.
The Celtic chips most teams are talking about are guards Courtney Lee ($5 million), forward Jeff Green ($8.35 million) and forward Brandon Bass ($6 million). None of them are overly impressive in a trade on their own; however, any combination of them could get a salary high enough for a more significant deal. The problem is the reason the Celtics want to move them is they have been underwhelming this season and thatís really driven down their trade value.
ďNot all the players are not playing hard, and all of the players are playing hard most of the time,Ē Ainge said in the wake of a third straight loss that leaves the Celts at 20-20 heading into tonightís game here against the Cavaliers. ďItís not like everybody is showing up to the gym and nobody is playing hard. Thatís never the case. Itís just frustrating that there are fractures in the effort.ďItís a different guy each possession sometimes. As you watch the film of the game, itís a different guy. Itís not like thereís one guy whoís not playing hard. On all these plays, there will be like one guy whoís just not trusting the assignments or whoís taking a shortcut. Thatís just not what it takes to win, and our expectations are higher.ďWe know that this team is talented, but even with that, there have been a lot of disappointing games this year,Ē said Ainge. ďAnd thatís been a pattern over the last three years. Thatís what I know. And our team has responded well in the playoffs. But weíve played down to the level of our competition sometimes, and thatís been frustrating.Ē
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There is no way he would come out and say a huge trade is probably gonna happen. Hopefully something is in the works though, because we look awful.
Danny says this literally every year, both before the draft and near the trade deadline.
What's with the "No Trade Likely" title to this thread?
Quote from: Roy H. on January 22, 2013, 11:31:24 AMDanny says this literally every year, both before the draft and near the trade deadline.Right, and all he is doing is citing the rule of averages. Yeah, trades are hard to do, and chances are, a big one won't happen. But that doesn't mean he isn't trying really, really hard.