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Like every other GM right now, Danny Ainge says not to expect a deal

Feb 19, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

Danny Ainge AP

If you only believed the public comments of NBA GMs, no trade was ever going to happen in the NBA. To make sure they have some leverage, they all say nothing is likely to happen. They talk but their not interested.

Danny Ainge is the king of that — he’s had some conversations about everyone on the roster in the past few weeks, but in the end he says don’t expect a deal.

That’s what he told’s A. Sherrod Blakely. And it doesn’t feel like he’s lying.

“It looks unlikely that anything will be done,” said Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations….

Being busy is a given this time of year for Ainge, although there has been more dialogue between the C’s and other teams this season than past years.

“We’ve had injuries,” explained Ainge. “We wouldn’t have been talking so much if we hadn’t had so many injuries.”

With Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa out for the season, the Celtics need some more bodies on the roster. Through trade or free agency there will be additions to the Celtics roster. There needs to be.

But big moves — Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett — those are, to use Ainge’s word, “unlikely.”

  1. cantonbound13 - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Rondo for Howard. Do it!

  2. doublezero74 - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Rondo for Howard is asinine . Why would the lakers trade for an injured player?

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Also, the Lakers already have Steve Nash signed for 2 more years.

      I don’t get what the Lakers would want Rondo for – he can’t play this year and is unlikely to be at 100% next year.

  3. ph53knowsall - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Because the Lakers season is over and the team as is, doesn’t work. If you think otherwise, you’re an idiot. They need to plan for next year and after.

  4. bknowledge - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Rondo and a couple of these pieces: Green, Sullinger, Bass, and Courtney Lee
    for Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap…

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      No way the Celtics bring in two bigs in the last year of their deals they have to pay to keep next season.

      • badintent - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        That was easy !

  5. thekingdave - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Goes both ways, why would the Celtics trade for an injured player?

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Because Howard is at least playing in games this season, which is more than can be said about Rondo.

  6. cameltoehoe - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Worst GM on the NBA, bar none. Would love to slap the smug smile off his face, but I’ll leave it up to KG’s d***.

    • andyhr17 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:46 AM

      I think most teams would take a terrible, awful GM that built the team for deep playoff runs every year, won a championship, and made it to another.

  7. doublezero74 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Maybe they can get Lebron for Sullinger?? Stupid trade talk

  8. doublezero74 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I’d like to see Bledsoe/jordan for KG and then deal rondo for Millsap and a 1st rd pick when he’s healthy again.

  9. bigwii - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Why would the Celtics trade Rondo for an expiring contract like Howard, or Jefferson when Rondo is under a bargain contract and they can sign those guys in the offseason if they really want them people that are dumb annoy me

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