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Danny Ainge: ‘There were no deals good enough to do’

02.18.16 at 4:49 pm ET
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The Celtics did not make a move for Kevin Love or anyone else Thursday. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

The Celtics did not make a move for Kevin Love or anyone else Thursday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Danny Ainge needed to have his socks knocked off to relinquish the likely Brooklyn lottery pick coming his way in June. And in the end, his socks stayed on.

“I think that everybody knows what the value of those picks are and I think everybody in the league would like to have a pick in the top echelon of the draft, but there’s certainly players that would be worth trading an unknown draft pick for right now,” Ainge said in a conference call just over an hour after the 3 p.m. deadline passed without the Celtics pulling the trigger on any deals.

There was plenty of speculation that the Celtics were in on talks to acquire Dwight Howard, Kevin Love or Al Horford. While not mentioning any of those players by name Thursday, Ainge indicated that he did have talks over players that would make him consider trading the Brooklyn pick.

“We did have some discussion in regard to that,” he said. “There are some players that did get our attention and some that did not get our attention in regards to that pick.”

In all, the Celtics have three first-round picks as it stands now. Ainge was asked if he sees a scenario where he’s comfortable making that pick at the draft in June.

“Of course,” Ainge answered. “Why wouldn’t I be? Why would I not be comfortable making that pick? We’ll continue through the rest of spring and summer and look at both options. We’ll be prepared to draft and be listening to offers at the draft.”

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Celtics keep quiet at the deadline

02.18.16 at 3:45 pm ET
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Danny Ainge

There were no earth-shaking moves to be made.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge worked the phones over the last week but ultimately the reports that he didn’t want to pay “premium prices” for premium talent proved accurate.

Instead of adding a rental like Dwight Howard or Al Horford or an expensive piece like Kevin Love, Ainge decided to stay put and hold onto his three first-round picks, including Brooklyn’s likely lottery pick this June.

As it turned out, Howard, Horford and Love all stayed with their respective teams in Houston, Atlanta and Cleveland.

There were several lower-tier deals, including former Celtics forward Jeff Green being sent to the Clippers, where he will be reunited with his old coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers send Lance Stephenson and a first-round pick to Memphis in return.

The Hawks did make a couple of deals. They acquired veteran shooting guard Kirk Hinrich from the Bulls for a second-round pick. Atlanta also traded guard Shelvin Mack to Utah for a second-round pick. Mack played for Celtics coach Brad Stevens at Butler.

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Report: Celtics not showing ‘any interest’ in Dwight Howard

02.18.16 at 2:56 pm ET
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It appears the Celtics never had any serious interest in Dwight Howard.

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, neither Boston nor Charlotte (another team rumored to have need for the Rockets big man) ever had serious discussions with Houston to acquire the 12-year veteran center.

“To my knowledge, neither [team] has ever shown any interest in making a real offer for Dwight. I’m not sure any team has,” Lowe tweeted.

Howard, who has an option for $23 million next season, is averaging 14.6 points and 12 rebounds for a team that is in ninth place in the Western Conference, with a 27-28 record.

The Lowe report echoes the same sentiment of Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported earlier Thursday that the Celtics had not shown any interest in paying “premium” prices for any of the high-profile big men that were reportedly on the block before the trading deadline.

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Celtics reportedly unwilling to pay ‘premium prices’ on rentals like Al Horford, Dwight Howard

02.18.16 at 10:12 am ET
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It appears if the Celtics do make a big move at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, it won’t be for Al Horford or Dwight Howard.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have showed an “unwillingness to pay premium prices on rentals for Al Horford and Dwight Howard.”

Both players are set to become free agents this summer and will be demanding large contracts.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m.

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Report: Celtics have had ‘no recent talks’ with Hawks on Al Horford

02.18.16 at 9:48 am ET
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Al Horford

Al Horford

Will the Celtics swing a trade for Al Horford?

After there was a report Wednesday afternoon of the Celtics being the favorites to land Horford if the Hawks were to make the center available, hours later a report came out that there have been no recent talks between the two sides.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, as of late Wednesday, the Celtics have had “no recent talks” with the Hawks regarding Horford. Bulpett said the issue with Horford is the Celtics aren’t willing to pay him big money once he becomes a free agent after this season.

The NBA trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Are the Celtics the 3rd team in a Kevin Love, Ryan Anderson trade?

02.17.16 at 9:30 pm ET
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The on-again, off-again Kevin Love discussion are apparently on again. Or not.

The Cavaliers have discussed a deal with the Pelicans that would bring Ryan Anderson back to Cleveland, according to The Vertical’s Marc J. Spears, and that potential trade could send Kevin Love packing to a third team, according to New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola.

Those reports have led to rampant speculation that the C’s could be that third team, as Danny Ainge has long lusted after Love and has the assets to live out his desires. As with the three-team deal involving Love’s Cavs, Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks and the Celtics, these reports should be taken with a silo of salt.

Thus ends the latest round of Kevin Love rumors. Until an hour from now, when they’re off again.


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Report: Celtics lead Al Horford sweepstakes if Hawks make him available at deadline

02.17.16 at 4:48 pm ET
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Guard Jeff Teague (0) and center Al Horford (15)  are reportedly on the trading block. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

Guard Jeff Teague (0) and center Al Horford (15) reportedly are on the trading block. (Steve Dykes/USA Today Sports)

Are the Celtics about to get their big man at the trade deadline?

According to A. Sherrod Blakely of, Danny Ainge is the front-runner to land Atlanta center Al Horford if the Hawks make him available before Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

The nine-year veteran is averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds while starting all of Atlanta’s 55 games this season. The 31-24 Hawks are just one game behind the third-place Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

This all begs the question why Atlanta would want to deal one the league’s best big men right now? The Hawks are staring down the barrel of the free agency gun with Horford set to hit the open market this summer.

Horford is in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract and is earning $12 million this season. Blakely reports that the Hawks have not made a decision on whether they will trade Horford but a league source told that “the Celtics have emerged as one of the favorites to land him.”

But the big caveat is whether the Hawks even decide to part ways with the veteran forward at all. Atlanta would likely demand one of Boston’s three first-round picks.

If Ainge feels the true value is in the lottery pick, and could package the other first-rounders and some other enticements, then the deal might happen.

What would it mean for the short-term? Horford, a four-time All-Star, would easily step in and become Boston’s best post player, as Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder has formed the starting front court the last 11 games and 16 of the last 17 games.

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