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So Boston isn’t going to make any trades? Are you sure?

Jan 16, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

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Earlier today we brought you the video — and we’d told you before that — how Celtics GM Danny Ainge is saying he doesn’t plan to make any trades at the deadline. Which is easier to say after your team has won six in a row. Still he is saying it over and over in a round of interviews.

Question is, do you believe him?

As ESPN’s Chad Ford pointed out in his chat today, what Ainge has said and his actions on the trade front have not always matched up — and other teams says he’s open to deals.

Danny Ainge did his annual radio interview where he appears flabbergasted at all the trade talk and says it’s unlikely they’ll do a deal. Of course, we know from past years, that Ainge isn’t exactly forthcoming in such interviews. Multiple teams tell me they’ve talked to the Celtics and they believe everything is on the table — as it should be. If Ainge can make the team stronger for a run at the Finals he will. If he can’t, but he can just start the rebuilding process in a big way — why wouldn’t he? The team he has now probably isn’t a serious Finals contender. I think it’s likely it moves one way or the other. So when I wrote a few weeks back that he could or could not move Rondo, I wasn’t trying to have it both ways. I meant that both options are on the table and he’s looking for the best deal for his team. If there’s a great Rondo trade for the Celtics, he’ll do it. If there isn’t, he’s not in firesale mode, he’s not moving players like Rondo or Paul Pierce for the sake of shaking up the team.

It comes down to this question: Do you think this Celtics roster, playing well, can win a title?

Boston fans do. They note how they took Miami seven games in the Eastern Conference finals last season. Ainge thought enough of it to bring back Kevin Garnett and everyone not named Ray Allen, plus get a deeper bench.

I’m not sold they can do it. Not close. While Boston had a few reserves injured last season they got to play a Hawks team without Al Horford, a not-that-great Philly team (which was there because the Bulls’ Derrick Rose blew out his knee) and then they got four games against Miami without Chris Bosh. Everything broke their way, I doubt it does again.

But my gut is still Boston makes a run with this group again. They may tweak around the edges but not at the core of the squad. And in a conference where every team has flaws, they could get back to the Eastern Conference finals. Although I think second round and out is more likely (with a loss to the Pacers or Knicks). If Ainge thinks they are second round and out, then a bold move could be in order. If a good one falls in his lap.

  1. bozosforall - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Poor Puh C’s…they know that they aren’t winning a title, this year or anytime soon. So the new millennium count remains: Lakers FIVE, Puh C’s ONE. Boston fans continue to cry like the little wusses that they always were.

    • mrcuret - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      At least the Celtics will have a chance to compete in the playoffs while the Lakers won’t even make it to the post season. What a bunch of scrubs! Hahaha

    • thesixersbench - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Pro Tip: burning down your neighbor’s house doesn’t make yours look any better.

      Your house is falling apart.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        sixers look shaky too, like Bynums knee.

      • thesixersbench - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        Now is not our time. Give it 2-4 years and come back and see us.

      • bozosforall - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Tell that to the generations of crybaby Red Sox fans that attacked the Yankees for the better part of the last 100 years

      • thesixersbench - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        I would tell it to them as well. It was clear to anyone that cared to think about the situation that bitterness drove their contempt.

      • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Too bad that they are in such continuous denial that they would never hear you. Biggest jealous crybabies in all of sports.

  2. beantown985 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    You conveniently mention that the C’s had everything break their way but leave out the fact that Avery Bradley was hurt the entire playoffs and Ray was practically playing on one leg, even if he is on another team now, we have Jet as his replacement and he’s just as good if not better. Chemistry wise I’d argue that he was better because Ray had basically made up his mind that he was leaving after the season was over. That’s evident by the fact that he took less than half of what the C’s offered him, plus the C’s offered him a no trade clause.

  3. rjlink1 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Kurt, your analysis of how far the Celtics are going this year is spot on. Although it would not surprise me to see them get out of round 2.

  4. andyhr17 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Only person I see crying is you. Your only comment to any Celtics post is how your Lakers won five titles on the 2000’s. know what? No one cares? Enjoy the recent past because Kobe isn’t getting any younger, Nash is ready to be put out to pasture, Howard is a prima donna, Gasol is getting benched at the end of games, and you have a coach who can’t even spell the word defense. Phil Jackson isn’t walking back through the door to save you. Enjoy the rest of the season and get ready to watch the ping pong balls bounce so another team can get your lottery pick.

    • mrcuret - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      Lol. Right on!

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      and your Raptors are doing so good.

      you should be deported back to Canada.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      you Raptor fans are so funny.

      how can you say no one cares, he does, you’re wrong!

      go back to Canada

    • loungefly74 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      come on, man. are you actually saying there will be a long-term demise of the Lakers? really? History says you are very wrong. The Lakers will regroup, reload, etc…like they always do. accept the facts.

      But…lets talk about Boston since we are on a Celtics post. whoa…only 1 title with that squad (which was 5 years ago)? damn, i would have thought they do better. hey, good for the C’s to get 1 in. winning a title in the NBA is tough. but…just saying…they should have done so much more…

      • andyhr17 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        Never said long term. It would be idiotic to assume the Lakers will stay down….no matter how much I wish that. My response was to Troll, who ignores all Celtics history prior to 2008 and only likes to focus on recent history.

        They nearly did much more. They were 1 quarter away from repeating. I’m not using injury as an excuse, or dismissing that the Lakers beat them…but don’t act like this Celtics team hasn’t competed for the title in each year they’ve been together when they were not missing a key player do to injury (Garnett/Rondo)

  5. kacapaco - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    If winning 6 lousy games makes the GM forget the fundamental flaw of of this team, Celtics are doomed to fail for long time. They need a tire center. Garnet is OLD, Paul is aging at speed of light. Only Rondo & Bradley are legit starters.

  6. bigwii - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I love how Laker fans love to point out the Celtics’ flaws but refuse to understand that the Lakers are in an even worse position at least the Celtics have young players with upside like Sully, Bradley, Rondo, Green, Melo, Lee, and Bass they also can package some of them together with picks to go get someone if they want to these guys are young with bright futures especially Bradley, Rondo, Sully, and even Melo who’s been doing very well in the D-League while the Lakers have an aging roster with a lot of bad contracts like Pau with 19 million dollars there’s no way he gets traded for a Josh Smith like you think they will no GM in his right mind would do that unless they wanna get fired they have no picks and the only players with trade value on that team are Kobe and D12 there future relies on them shredding bad contracts and old players to get cap space to sign free agents because right now they’re not looking so good for the future unless some miracles happen and with Stern I guess they could be but fit right now this is their last year to get a ring for a couple years especially if Howard leaves they would have to shred sine serious contracts just to sign him to a max extension and with the new CBA they can’t sign-and-trade if they’re over the cap the Lakers as of right now are screwed

    • loungefly74 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      those contract will expire…that is not a long term issue. players flock to LaLaLand ALL THE FREAKIN’ TIME. ya got that, junior? not sure where you have been the past 30 years but the Lakers do a decent job of getting players to come there. oh yeah, sure, this Laker season has been a disaster but to expect them to sit around and not compete in upcoming years…is a “celtic pipe dream”.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        You mean sort of like Pierce and Garnett’s contracts will expire? Oh, that’s right, I forgot we were being hypocritical.

      • loungefly74 - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        hey…all i’m saying there is a very good reason why teams like Boston and the Lakers stay good and relevant for long stretches. sure…Heat and OKC may be the cream right now…but will they continue to be…10 years from now? i doubt it….while the C’s and Lakers will remain relevant. those 2 franchises “own” the NBA.

  7. pdavies576 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Just an old team going nowhere fast.

  8. paulhargis53 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    lounge: Stop using that last 30 year’s argument!! That dog won’t hunt!

    1.) la has traded away so many future draft picks its ridiculous.
    2.) Outside of an aging Gasol and an aging MWP, they have no parts anyone wants to trade for.
    3.) They just can’t sign 3 max contract guys, or even 1-2,If Howard stays- they have to pay Kobe too.
    4.) Salary cap restrictions will heavily inhibit. quick rebuilds. Such as, no sign and trades if a team is over the cap, restrictions on player exceptions if over the cap and are a repeater.
    5.) Kobe was a big reason people” flocked” to play there, once he’s a shadow of himself, that no longer applies. You think Howard had that same effect, honestly?
    They wont be bad forever, but its not going to be “just reloading”.
    Those days are gone with the New collective bargaining agreement. That’s what its in place for, to prevent another Miami thing from happening.

    Deny this all you want, but not perusing the cba is just willful ignorance.

    You may get an Irving and a Smith to pair with Howard, but bucking the cap, you better be sure the guys you get are the right ones. Or you stuck with a team that can’t make moves to improve. Over the cap had many repercussions outside of a luxury tax.

  9. paulhargis53 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Uff, nothing of substance, per usual from you squishmitten bozo. Same tired post, day after day. You’re boring Being repetitive may impress.your boyfriend in the sack, but its just dull on here. Youre a joke. Get.New material or get gone loser.

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