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Report: Danny Ainge willing to trade anyone on the roster

Jun 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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On one side of the scale, you have Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers all coming back, and you think they are not going to break this group up yet, they are going to make one more run.

On the other side of the scale, you have the Kendrick Perkins trade.

That is enough to make you think there could be some nuggets of truth in what Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated told WEEI Radio in Boston.

“I think he’s talking about moving everybody. I really do,” Mannix said of Danny Ainge. “I’ve had conversations with different people around the league; I would throw Rajon Rondo on that list as well. … He has explored dealing Rajon Rondo in the past. He has talked to other GMs about him in the past. I’m not saying he’s been willing to pull the trigger in the past, but Rajon Rondo has been on the table in the past year or so.

“This is just something that Danny does. He’s not afraid to make the blockbuster deal if he thinks it helps him in the long term. So, I think Danny is absolutely working the phones right now. I think every one of those guys is on the table for a potential deal that he’s sure is going to help him.”

Danny Ainge has said he regrets how the Larry Bird era of the Celtics came to an end, with the team hanging on to the glory a little to long and setting the franchise’s rebuilding back. (The untimely death of Len Bias played a role there as well.) Ainge has the stones to make a big move. I don’t think he’d move Pierce under virtually any circumstances, but Ray Allen?

My guess is that unless blown away he’ll see what the core can do for one more year, with some tweaks of the roster around them, and he will make Rondo the centerpiece going forward.

But if you’re going to do a move like that, you had better bring back someone pretty monster in return. Because if you thought there was backlash to the Perkins trade….

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Rondo and Ray should stay, with Rondo a potential top-5 PG and Ray-Ray strokin 3’s until senior citizenship. Get what you can from Pierce and Garnett…

  2. Justin - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Why did you have to post this? Kahn is already on the phone offering the second pick for Von Wafer. Great!

  3. readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    i think it would be a mistake to get rid of any of this 4. i can possibly see why they would trade Paul Pierce, but Ray is still among the best 3 point shooters in the league, you need a guy like him on your team. But i think changing the big 3 roles will be essential next season. I could not fathom as to why they would even consider trading Rondo. top 5 PG in the league, but from this point on in his career he is only going to get better. yeah he needs to work on his J but so did Jason Kidd when he first came into the league.

    i sure hope they don’t break this group up. But i think they’re just a center and a 6th man away from being in the finals again.

  4. damp1015 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    I don’t think they would trade away Pierce, he is part of that Celtic dynasty. I believe they will try to get something out of Garnett which seems logical, seeing that they could get someone a little younger. Trade Garnett for Josh Smith, Smith said he would like to either Orlando, New Jersey or Boston. So here is that chance and Atlanta is willing to trade Smith.

    I know alot of you will jump on me for even saying that, but really, Garnett is getting old and his minutes are being restricted little by little. Jeff Green will not be able to fill his shoes and Big Baby is thinking about leaving also.

    All in all, the teams in the East are ramping up their rosters, if the Celtics want to remain a big challenge, they may have to think about things like this.

  5. randommofo - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    UBUNTU!!!

  6. goforthanddie - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    The concept of “untradeable” is stupid. Everybody has a price.

  7. svallen - Jun 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Here is a list of all the Celtics players with their current salary amounts — http://www.spotrac.com/nba/boston-celtics/yearly/

  8. silk32 - Jun 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    This article is a bit redundant. We saw Ainge’s willingness to trade anybody when he traded Kendrick Perkins. A better question is “Are the Celtics willing to fire Ainge for being a bad GM?”

  9. redsghost - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Sure, fire the man who had the stones to bring in Ray and Kev. and the Trophy. Making the finals three years? And only the refs stopped them from having a 2nd trophy ( 21 fouls in the 4th qtr- the most in the 4th all year “and it happened” to be the 4th qtr of the 7th and last game of the year) and signing Doc for 5 yrs. Sure! Get rid of him, he’s a bum.
    If he’s your definition of a “bad” GM, I’d hate to see your definition for a good one.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      i watched that 4th quarter on replay focusing on the foul calls…they were all correct, the C’s ran out of steam in that quarter. you know it, i know it, the world knows it. no excuses…move on.

      other than that, yeah, Ainge is a great GM…bad move if they dump him. he made them contenders/champions.

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