Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge tried, but he’s not in a rush to give away Brooklyn picks, and he likes his team.

Those were the messages from the Celtics boss to reporters after Thursday’s trade deadline passed without Ainge making a deal.

“We had a lot of conversations about things that we could do to improve our team but nothing that was good enough to do,” Ainge told reporters, including Richie Thompson of the Boston Herald. “It’s hard to say and I think it takes two teams and a lot of times we don’t know how close. A lot of times it is very easy to tell but [sometimes] teams are very far apart. A lot of discussion, good conversation and a lot of rumors that were true and a lot of rumors that were not true.”

The Celtics were linked to Pacers All-Star Paul George, but never came close to consummating a deal. They also failed to address their lack of rebounding with a secondary deal.

Ainge made it clear that the Celtics value their two remaining first-round picks from the Nets, noting that executives across the league recognize how valuable those selections could be, especially with deep drafts forecast in 2017 and 2018.

“The ball has bounced our way,” Ainge told reporters, “and we need to make the most of that.”

Regardless, Ainge said he likes his team, especially with injured guard Avery Bradley due back soon, and young forward Jaylen Brown expected to return on Friday night when the Celtics open the second half in Toronto.

“The outcome is that we have a team that is getting ready to head to Toronto, the same team we’ve had since training camp,” said Ainge. “A team that is very close to being healthy.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Jimmy Butler (left) or Paul George (right)? Try neither.</p>
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The Celtics didn’t just miss out on a big fish like Paul George. They apparently didn’t even land a perch like P.J. Tucker.

According to (who else) Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, the Raptors acquired Tucker from the Suns for former Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, as well as pair of second-round picks.

The Celtics didn’t just miss out on a big fish like Paul George. They apparently didn’t even land a perch like P.J. Tucker.

According to (who else) Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, the Raptors acquired Tucker from the Suns for former Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, as well as pair of second-round picks.

Tucker, 31, is averaging seven points and six rebounds a game. He’s also a solid a 3-point shooter.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Adrian Wojnarowski says the Paul George deal is dead, so that’s the end of that.

The host of The Vertical podcast just tweeted the Pacers star isn’t going anywhere.

Indiana has passed on trade offers for Paul George and All-Star forward will remain with the Pacers, league sources tell @TheVertical.

Adrian Wojnarowski says the Paul George deal is dead, so that’s the end of that.

The host of The Vertical podcast just tweeted the Pacers star isn’t going anywhere.

Based on Woj’s impeccable track record, that would appear to be it. Now the question is if the Celtics can pull off a minor deal to help the margins of their roster, particularly in the rebounding department.

Oh well. Those rumors were fun while they lasted.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Well this should throw some water on those Paul George rumors.

According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, George wants to either win a title in Indiana or head home to join the Lakers when he hits free agency after next season.

Well this should throw some water on those Paul George rumors.

According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, George wants to either win a title in Indiana or head home to join the Lakers when he hits free agency after next season.

George grew up in Palmdale, California and played at Fresno State. He can opt out of his contract after next season and has reportedly always been enamored with playing for the Lakers.

That makes a trade by the Celtics that much more difficult, because they don’t want to surrender Nets picks and players from their current roster, only to have George bolt in free agency after next season.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

OK, now the rumor mill is getting good.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Pacers are calling around trying to clear roster spots. Why, you ask?

Pacers involved in talks with teams potentially to clear roster spots, sources say. Teams suspect might be related to Celtics talks

OK, now the rumor mill is getting good.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Pacers are calling around trying to clear roster spots. Why, you ask?

Note the language: teams “suspect” the flurry of activity “might” be related to Celtics talks. That’s by no means definitive, but with Woj already reporting that the C’s are willing to include this year’s Nets pick for George, perhaps these talks are actually heating up.

What say you, Celtics fans?

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For more on the trade deadline, by the way, check out this running diary.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase