Appearing as a guest on The Big Show on Thursday, Celtics president Danny Ainge said that he still would have made a deal at the trade deadline knowing what he knows how about how his team has played recently.
"The deals I wanted to make I probably would have still wanted them," Ainge said. "I thought that I had a couple of deals that we could have been just as good as we are now and protected us in the future. I wouldn't say that, no."
Asked specifically about a rumored deal involving O.J. Mayo and Ray Allen, Ainge wouldn't bite.
"It doesn't even do any good to talk about those made-up rumors," he said. "There's going to be a lot of stuff out there but I can't confirm or deny any of them. It's not fair for me to talk about players on other teams or players from my own team that may or may not have been traded."
Ainge said he never could have predicted how the Celtics have played recently, winning seven of nine and going 19-7 since the All-Star break.
"I knew that we weren't playing up to our capabilities and I knew that each individual could play a little bit better, but to predict what they're doing right now … I'm not sure it would be predictable for any team to play -- even teams that we've had in the last few years -- to play as well as they're playing right now," Ainge said. "The defense has been great. The schedule has been extremely difficult. To win seven of our last nine games with the quality of your competition, the back-to-backs and to lose two games by one and three points is pretty spectacular."
But Ainge still has a lot of confidence in his core group.
"I've said many times about this group of guys and especially our big four that have been together the last five years, nothing surprises me with those guys," he said. "The greatest surprise was the year we went to the finals in 2010 and what they were able to accomplish. I think we were 27-27 in the last 54 regular season games. Nobody thought they were any good and they pulled it together and played the best five-year basketball of our whole stretch against Cleveland and Orlando in those two playoff series. They shocked everybody. They're capable of doing that because they're winners, they're champions, they work hard at their game. They all have strong will to win. So. nothing they do surprises me."
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