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Celtics GM Ainge reiterates not to expect big trade (VIDEO)

Jan 16, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

We told you recently that Danny Ainge had said he didn’t plan to make a move at the trade deadline — Boston with Avery Bradley back is finally starting to defend well again and has won six straight. They are starting to look like the kind of dangerous team their fans expected. You don’t mess with that.

But don’t take my word for it, here is video from the man himself, speaking as part of an exclusive interview with More of that interview is to come, but here are the money quotes about making late trades:

“That doesn’t make a lot of sense to radically change the team when you’re trying to compete to win it all,” Ainge told Dickerson. “We have been and will continue to look to upgrade our team, but I think it’s always more unlikely that that happens than likely.”

Would he feel the same way if the Celtics had not gone on this six-game winning streak?

“No, absolutely not,” he said. “You have to produce. It’s my job to look at the bigger picture. We have to live in the moment and try to win and help our team have success, but at the same time if it;s not happening on the court than there has to be changes made, absolutely.”

Ainge (like Celtics fans) is better this run is the real Celtics and not a nugget of mid-season fools gold.

The full interview with Ainge will be up on later on Wednesday.

  1. boston444 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Notice how he said not to expect a “BIG” trade

    • andyhr17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      I would definitely expect a small trade, or at least be looking into it. At this point it’s clear they do not need to blow up the nucleus mid-season.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        yeah right, Celtics are going no where very fast.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      As opposed to downward very quickly like your Lakers?

      In the last week+ the Celtics have gone from out of the playoffs to the #7 seed. Maybe the Lakers should strive for that kind of “going nowhere fast”.

  2. mungman69 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Hey, Boston is good but not great. Maybe one good trade will make them great.

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