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Danny Ainge walks back some of Doc Rivers trade talk

Jan 22, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

Danny Ainge AP

A couple days ago a frustrated Doc Rivers sounded like a guy who wanted a trade done to shake up and improve his roster. Because, at that moment I bet he did.

But Rivers is a coach, it’s Danny Ainge who pulls the trigger on such deals. And he once again denied any plans to make a trade, this time to the Boston Herald.

“Realistically, I don’t see major changes coming,” said Ainge, well aware that market factors and the Rubik’s Cube difficulties of finding a transaction that meets the needs of two teams at the same time conspire against blockbuster trades.

“Of course we’re trying to get better, and any deal that was available that could help us, you obviously do that. But we’re not just trying to make any deal. We’re not selling the team off or anything like that. We’re trying to win with what we have right now. That’s got to be our first objective.”

Ainge has denied there would be a trade before then turned around and made a move, so take his comments with a few grains of salt.

But it doesn’t sound like the Celtics are going to make a deadline move out of frustration or desperation, no moves just to make a move and shake things up. Nor should they, this is a roster has shown in stretches it can be good — they made a commitment last summer to see if this roster could make one more run. Expect them to see it through, at least until the summer.

  1. themagicfanguy - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    The Magic are probably looking to trade JJ Redick, but I don’t know that Boston has any assets that would help us rebuild. No assets that they’d be willing to give up, anyway

  2. andyhr17 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    After the loss to the Cavs tonight it’s time to start walking forward towards Rivers’ trade talk. This team can’t compete with the elite. They will continue to be frustratingly mediocre. All good things come to an end. At least they have a FEW pieces to build around. Rondo is a perenial All-Star and lately Sullenger has been quite the dominant rebounder.

  3. pantsfreezone - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Let’s trade Jason Collins for Josh Smith! Paul Pierce for DeMarcus Cousins! Jason Terry for J.J. Reddick! Fab Melo for Andrea Bargnani!

    BAM chip!

    -Delusional Celtic fans.

    FYI: Your team sucks and nobody wants the crap you have on it.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Normally when a team has to rebuild they are not loaded with a ton of people that other teams want…hence the fact they need to rebuild.

      And where are you getting these trade scenarios and who exactly are you mocking? Also, teams don’t need to have quality players to trade for other players. Cap space is just as precious as talent. You claim to be mocking delusional Celtics fans, but I’ve never heard anything near that delusional suggested.

      • pantsfreezone - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        This site, Twitter, celticsblog, ESPN Boston, etc. Do some reading around. The crazy is all over the place.

        That’s why I said “Delusional Celtic fans”. Man, the educational system in New England is not doing a proper job.

  4. themagicfanguy - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Delusional celtics fans? Lmao, you mean Laker fans. Every time a rumored trade gets brought up, is it Celtics fans you see acting like its a possibility? No. It’s lakers fans.

  5. krookmil - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    pantsfreezone is a disappointed lakers fans which the team i doubt wont make a playoffs run or a heat fans who is beaten by wizards,

    if your the heat fans
    d-rose is on the way

    if you are a lakers fans go to pelicans maybe kobe can give them a ring

  6. ph53knowsall - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    38% shooting doomed this team.
    They don’t need to blow this up, they just need to find/ trade for someone that can’t get it done in the paint. Mozgov? Gortat?

    This team is nothing like the lakers, pants.
    This team is 4.5 out of the 4 seed in the east, lakers are 5 games out of the 8 seed in the west.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I agree about the help in the paint. The shooting will fluctuate. Some nights will just be bad, but the Celtics are terrible at rebounding game in and game out.

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