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Report: Celtics positioning themselves for multi-player trade

Jan 6, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

Danny Ainge AP

The Celtics waived Jarvis Varnado and rookie Kris Joseph on Sunday, which in itself is unremarkable news.

Varnado was expected to be gone before his contract became guaranteed on Jan. 10, but the team parting ways with Joseph was a bit of a surprise, considering the positive view it was believed to have of the player selected by Boston with the 51st pick in the 2012 draft.

As part of the bigger picture, these moves — especially the one involving Joseph — may be the beginning of something bigger on the horizon for the Celtics organization.

Specifically, Boston is believed to be clearing roster spots in order to have flexibility in the event a multi-player deal is available to them later this season.

From A.Sherrod Blakely of

Two league sources contacted on Sunday said that the Celtics will look to bolster their roster via a multi-player trade.

While it’s unlikely the Celtics will look to move any member of their big Three – Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett – league sources confirmed that there’s “growing” interest in Courtney Lee who might become more expendable with the return of Avery Bradley.

Brandon Bass is another possible Celtic on the move, one league source said.

We know that Danny Ainge isn’t afraid to shake things up midseason; look no further than the deal that sent Kendrick Perkins out of town just two seasons ago. He’d certainly do so again, especially if one of the players he had to give up this time wasn’t an emotional part of the team’s puzzle the way Perkins was.

Boston has shown flashes this season, even if only in a relatively few instances. The team’s most recent win over the Hawks in Atlanta was certainly an example of that, where the Celtics put together a 33-9 third quarter to erase a 15-point halftime deficit.

The Celtics are believed to have the tenacity within their veteran core to compete in a playoff series against even the top teams, despite their 16-17 record and current position holding down the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

If Ainge believes that a deal for one or two pieces could be enough to give Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce another run at postseason glory, he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger. These moves may be the first step in making that happen.

  1. saint1997 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I do love trade season!

    • 1historian - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      The absolute, unchallenged, highly respected, knowledgeable, and intelligent KING of trade season rumors is Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune. In addition to that he periodically writes a column suggesting trades, which is also fun to read.

      • saint1997 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Haha thank you I’m actually going to check that out!

  2. pantsfreezone - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Soooooo the Celtics are planning to move garbage for crap or vice versa. Yes, that will get them to the promised land. Face it, the C’s are done. They should try to trade KG or Pierce with Lee or another piece for something to build into the future with. Otherwise they are destined for a repeat of the 1990s and most of the 2000s.

    • mrcuret - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      NBA on NBC Boston (@NBAonNBCBoston) tweeted at 8:18 PM on Sun, Jan 06, 2013:
      Sources close to confirms that Danny Ainge is working to complete a deal to bring Cousins to Boston, tonight.

      That’s the building block for the future. Don’t start crying yet.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      If the Celtics are so terrible and done, why waste so much time over and over again yelling how terrible they are?

      • pantsfreezone - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Because Boston fans are the worst and it brings me no end of joy to point out how stupidly their franchise has been handled.

      • bozosforall - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        Great job, pants…you got that little Puh C’s fan, sandycrotchho17, crying like the little biatch that he is once again.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        You realize you sound like a 10 year old that can’t get along with others, right?

        You should put more power into worrying about the sad state of your Lakers (record worse than the Celtics, Pau Gasol being benched/trade rumors, Dwight Howard’s shoulder, and Steve Nash’s leg) than yelling into the wind about how bad the Celtics are.

  3. dysraw1 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    the only way they get a marquee player is giving up a good player, Rondo, Jeff Green, and Bass, might intrigue some teams doubtful though

    • imthewiz77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      nobody wants jeff green and that contract.. Avery Bradley is probably their best chip

    • savvybynature - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Yeah, really “doubtful” anyone would be interested in Rondo, a top 3 PG in the league.

      And yes, he is. Save your stats unless they include some measure of defense.

      • coachjac30 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        You have got to be kidding right? Do you even watch the celtics play? While Rondo is a tremendous player (when he has his head in the game) he is nowhere near a top 3 point guard, especially when considering his defense

  4. gianthuskydolphin - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Not enough on Boston’s roster to make this trade work.

    • mazblast - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      Agreed, unless there’s a draft pick or two involved. The Celtics won’t trade Rondo, Garnett, or Pierce, and the rest just isn’t enough or cap-compliant.

  5. jcioffi1485 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    no Ainge not this time I pray nobody will give the Celts a bunch of talent for cap space. we need a return to anorher decade of post Bird irrelevance.

    • 1historian - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      YOU need to work on your spelling

  6. doctorfootball - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Must be some picks involved if the get Cousins. Is Sacramento dumb enough to move him for all the scrubs on the Celts roster?

    • lmoneyfresh - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Because sacto’s owners are so concerned about fielding a winner…

    • 1historian - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM


  7. ricoq45 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    they need a change quick!

  8. djjackson81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Pierce and Green for Bird

  9. giantssb42champs - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Where’s Ainge’s old buddy GM Kevin McHale when u need him?

  10. readysethike - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    i hope there not thinking of getting beasley…

  11. yousuxxors - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    fans are so delusional… baas/lee for cousins

  12. nygdriveforfive - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I agree that Boston dosent have enough to get Cousins. If the Kings take Bargnani/Calderon/Amire Johnson for him I will be a happy Raps fan.

    • jmclarkent - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      I wouldn’t give you my cousin for those three jokers.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:20 AM


  13. savvybynature - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Something like this?:

    Would have to be some adjustments made, and probably picks included, but it works on the trade machine. Otherwise not sure how Boston pulls this off right now with so many players unable to be traded until Feb.

    • savvybynature - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Excuse me, they would have to wait until Jan. 15 to move guys like Jeff Green.

    • mazblast - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      You believe something ESPN puts out about a Boston team in any sport? Not exactly an unbiased source.

      They may bill themselves as “the worldwide leader”, but their world really revolves around proximity to Bristol–and I don’t mean Bristol, VA/TN.

      • savvybynature - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Ummmm, what? My post links the ESPN NBA Trade Machine thing, which was created by John Hollinger.

        It wasn’t something put out by espn, just me messing around with the trade machine to see if salaries could realistically be matched in accord with the CBA.

    • savvybynature - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Vince Galloway ‏@Vince_Galloway
      #RUMORED TRADE: Gasol, Bradley, Sullinger, Terry, picks to Kings; Thornton, Brooks, Hayes, Robinson to Lakers; Cousins, Garcia to Celtics.

      OK. Just the latest rumor, but I wasn’t THAT far off.

      This trade could actually benefit everyone, as theoretically constructed. Cousins is a great talent, but the Kings are going nowhere with him and Tyreke Evans as their core I think it’s pretty clear. The Lakers need young bucks to fill out their lineup, not Gasol, and Beantown needs to make a move or risk wasting the twilight of Pierce and Garnett’s HoF careers.

      • rakerz - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:44 AM

        that will be good to my lakers since we need bench but i doubt kings will approve it

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        OMG r u kidding me? I think I actually like that!

        I know BOS would be getting Cuz but it seems like they’d be getting the short end of the stick on that 3 way.

      • pl4tinum514 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        What picks could possibly be good enough in that trade to make the Kings pull the trigger on trading out a young, budding superstar center (with a few issues) for a bunch of old dudes?

      • andyhr17 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        With “a few” issues? That’s putting it lightly. That’s like saying trading for Oliver Miller (with a slight weight issue).

      • unxpexted1 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        as a laker’s fan i would actually be down for this all day.

  14. sportsnut101 - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Pierce n lee for Rudy gay

    Bass for anyone u can get lol

    Love how news only cares bout Boston n lakers ha glad to see them struggle. They won enough

    N Need a good bench who can play

    Gasol for bass n lee

  15. 00maltliquor - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Oh noooooow Rondo’s a part of the BIG 3!!

  16. juanandonly24 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Even the Maloof Brothers wouldn’t be dumb enough to let Cousins go. Even then, there are so many moving pieces in any trade scenario that a deal would most likely fall through.

  17. Kansachusetts - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    They can’t trade Bradley. He and Garnett are the keys to their defense.

    They could move Rondo for a lesser but adequate point guard (much as I would hate to see that happen) as part of a deal that brought them a real big. Of the available crop, I’d rather see Dalembert.

    They must dump Green, and Bass and Terry are expendable. I would keep Lee and Wilcox.

  18. beantown985 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Didn’t read the whole article, didn’t want to. But KG has a no trade clause, and I’m pretty sure that Pierce is not going anywhere. Rondo is another one that is highly unlikely to be traded. Disregard this article, because it’s clear that the author of it has no clue what he’s talking about and gets his news from

  19. jjohnv2004 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Cousins isn’t walking through that door! Neither is Bird or Parrish. The Celtics, like the Lakers are probably through for this year. I don’t think the notoriously prejudiced Boston fans would put up with a clown like Cousins. Or Doc for that matter. What about Rudy Gay? I don’t know if the salaries would work or the Griz would be interested in the scrubs the Celtics are probably offering, but he could certainly help the offensively challenged C’s.

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