It’s time to start believing in the Celtics.

Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game

Appearing on the Dale & Holley Show with Jerry Thornton, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge offered some clarity as to his approach toward the upcoming NBA trade deadline.

Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!

Like Will Ferrell in Old School, the Celtics are officially streaking.

The C’s won for the seventh time in eight games on Wednesday night, leading from wire-to-wire in a 102-95 victory over the Pistons.

In a report that will surprise no one, the Celtics are interested in trading David Lee before the February 18th trade deadline. After reports on Monday that Danny Ainge spoke to Lee about his future, today Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck tweeted :

Lee will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and has not played in a game since January 10th. Despite the lack of playing time, Lee has not been a distraction in the locker room,  drawning praise from both Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge for his handling of the situation.

The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reports that the Celtics and Lee’s agents are working together to find an amicable solution.

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Sam Packard

Marcus Smart (right) wraps a pass around Kristaps Porzingis in a win over the Knicks on Tuesday. (USA TODAY Sports)Early in the fourth quarter against the Knicks on Tuesday night, Marcus Smart made the kind of play that raises eyebrows.



After Paul Pierce led the Celtics to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, and before he led them to the 2008 title, he wanted out of Boston, and he nearly got his wish.

After Paul Pierce led the Celtics to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, and before he led them to the 2008 title, he wanted out of Boston, and he nearly got his wish.

Speaking to Chris Mannix on The Vertical Podcast, Pierce explained how he helped nix a deal to the Blazers and pushed for a trade to the Mavericks that would’ve altered Celtics history.

“It was just discouraging,” Pierce told Mannix, courtesy NESN.com. “It was just like I want people to know who Paul Pierce is, what type of player he is, but the only way to do that is to be on the big stage, be in the playoffs with a shot at the championship. It was discouraging playing so well and not reaching the team success that I wanted to reach. Because at the end of the day, that’s how you’re going to be measured on how your team does more than what you do as an individual. When I didn’t see that, the results of that, it created doubts where maybe I could go somewhere else and find that.”

Trader Danny Ainge, who long lusted after point guard Chris Paul, worked on the framework of a deal that would swap the two young stars. But Pierce wanted none of it.

“It was just like, (the Blazers) weren’t going to the playoffs, they had a young team, too, players always getting in trouble, and I was just like, I’m not going to Portland,” Pierce said on the podcast. “I think I made the announcement. I think I did an article in the paper saying I wasn’t going to Portland if I got traded there. I might as well stay in Boston if I go to Portland. I know that was the one trade I knew about that was on the table that they were really close to pulling.”

Pierce had another destination in mind: Dallas, where he would join his fellow member of the draft class of 1998, Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs boasted a committed owner in Mark Cuban, and a young roster that would eventually win a title in 2011. Maybe it would’ve happened sooner with Pierce.

“If you can get me to Dallas, that’s where I wanted to go at the time,’€ Pierce said. “I thought Dallas was a player like me away from winning. They were 50-game winners. Dirk was pretty much by himself. I even ran into Dirk and Mark Cuban that summer. It was like, ‘Mark, you’ve got to find a way to get me over there. I want to get over there. I think I could help you all get over the hump.'”

It never happened, and for that, the Celtics should be grateful.

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WEEI

The rumor mill continues to churn out interesting stories regarding the Celtics and their pursuit of a marquee player.