Appearing on the Dennis and Callahan Show with Dale Arnold and Kirk Minihane Thursday morning, Danny Ainge said that there is a "50-50" chance the Celtics make a deal before the 3 p.m. trade deadline Thursday afternoon, but nothing on a large-scale appears close. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)
"I think it's 50-50. It may be a small deal. It may be not as exciting as what people may expect," he said. "But we're working hard. We'll work hard the rest of the day until 3 o'clock."
"I have no desire to move anybody on our team," Ainge said earlier in the interview. "I have to look and so far I have nothing. We don't have anything that we're really excited about right now. If somebody steps up and ups their offer today, who knows what might happen by the trade deadline. But I'm prepared and comfortable with letting the season play out and if somebody wants to throw in first-round draft picks, or give quality young players, that's something we have to consider.
"I have not been close because I don't feel like we need to. I don't want to move the guys, but I have to listen. If something becomes available I'll pull the trigger. But based on some of the offers that we've had, and the interest, it's just not worth it."
Ainge also reiterated that he has not actively attempted to deal point guard Rajon Rondo.
"We haven't even had discussions about Rondo," he said. "I don't know where all this stuff goes. He hasn't even been mentioned since the summertime. ... I've fielded calls, and there's been some interest because of all the media discussion, but I haven't reached out to anybody.
"Just to clarify, and this goes with all trades, I'm not going to confirm or deny any of that. I'm just telling you I would never do those deals. I never called and picked up and asked about those deals. But I get phone calls regularly about Rondo, and especially as the rumor mill started happening people were just assuming that it was all true so I did get phone calls as a result of those rumors. But none of those conversations had second conversations or third conversations. They were done."
Ainge said the priority is to find a big man to relieve some of the minutes being logged by Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass now that Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O'Neal have been unavailable.
"I hope so. Not necessarily not by the end of the day today through trade, but we'll have to get somebody eventually and we'll see what goes on in the trades to see if any player of size come our way," he said when asked about acquiring a big man. "It's going to be really hard. I don't see a way we're going to replace Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O'Neal for anybody if they're quality through a trade unless we give up something we really value, one of our starting players. That's just not going to happen. So we're going to have to find a way to get a good, serviceable big man."
Ainge did buy into the theory that a deal at the trade deadline can often boost spirits of a contending team, but did add that he didn't believe that was a necessarily avenue in regard to this group
"I think our team has great chemistry and our team is maximizing it's talent level," he said. "I don't think there's necessarily change that's needed other than we need to bolster our front line just to eat away KG and Brandon. They're playing a ton of minutes."
As for if the notion that the Celtics might shy away from dealing with Eastern Conference foes, Ainge said, "I would do a deal with any team if it helps us. ... I'm not afraid of the competition."
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We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez.
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.
Hour 2. The guys talk discuss Hernandez’s gay lover with Reimer. Reimer says there aren’t a lot of straight guys looking to experiment. Bradford tells Mut he paid for his wife to attend the Ortiz charity event.
HOUR 3 - ESPN layoffs continue. One time Fauria didn't know Sage Steele's name so he called her "Rashard." ESPN has pretty much decided to punt on hockey. Marcus Smart responds to Jimmy Butler. Glenn dreams of the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in the offseason.
HOUR 4 - The guys kept us updated on the wave of ESPN firings. Paul was blocked by Pete Abe. Fauria still hates Dan Dakich. Will Gerald Green be a factor, again, tonight? The lawyer for Kyle Kennedy (Aaron Hernandez' rumored gay lover) Larry Army gave a press conference.
Some house cleaning is being done at ESPN as reports of employee cuts begin to come out. And how pissed/not pissed should Matt Barnes be?
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.
We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
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Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.
Buck and Reimer share their coming out stories and discuss the different ways they decided to reveal their sexualities. Buck waited until more than 30 years into his career, whereas Reimer announced he was gay during his second appearance on WEEI. On that note, Buck presses Reimer on whether he's exploiting his sexuality to further his career.
Rich Keefe & Uncle Buck (Boston Sports 101) talk about the greatest comic book writer of all-time, Alan Moore. They look at his best works including Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus they rank the movies he has inspired (and refused to watch).
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.More from this show
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