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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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Jackie MacMullan on OM&F: ‘Danny [Ainge] is going to make another run at Kevin Love’ 02.17.16 at 2:09 pm ET
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ESPN NBA analyst Jackie MacMullan checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming NBA trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

MacMullan feels the Celtics and Danny Ainge will make another run at Kevin Love. She feels Love has gotten a “raw deal” in Cleveland, but ultimately she doesn’t think Love will be dealt because of where the Cavaliers are at in the standings.

“I do believe that Danny is going to make another run at Kevin Love because we know that he’s coveted Love all along,” MacMullan said. “The one thing that I think is interesting about Love, everybody is down on him — well, he stretches the floor, which we know Brad Stevens likes, right? Well, he can’t defend and I don’t know how you guys feel about real plus/minus, I tend to be a fan and I am sure the Celtics have things that are much more sophisticated than what we use at ESPN for real plus/minus, but just for the heck of it, I looked it up this morning on Kevin Love. He’s 12th overall in the league. That is pretty good.

“His defensive numbers right now — his defensive plus/minus is better than his offensive plus/minus. I think Kevin Love gets a raw deal when it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers and maybe why they aren’t performing maybe as well as they should. In fact, we know Kyrie Irving is coming off some pretty severe injuries, look at his numbers, they are horrible. His defensive real plus/minus is minus 3.22. The only point guard who plays significantly in the league that is worse are guys like Brandon Knight and actually Derek Rose. I think Kevin Love gets a raw deal.

“I would be thrilled if the Celtics could bring Kevin Love here, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. If I am Cleveland, I’m the best team in the East and we all know every team — Golden State, San Antonio, they are one injury away from being vulnerable, I’m standing pat for the most part.”

To hear the complete interview, check it out below.

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Report: Celtics called Clippers about Blake Griffin 02.16.16 at 11:42 am ET
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Will the Celtics make a huge move at the trade deadline?

According to the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett, the Celtics have been one of a number of teams to call the Clippers about Blake Griffin. But, Bulpett adds while the Clippers are listening, they have no real intention of moving him.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke with Bulpett about the team’s goals as Thursday’s deadline approaches. It appears the Celtics are looking at the big picture.

“When I’€™m looking at players out there, I’€™m looking at players that can make a big difference,” Ainge said to Bulpett. “Not players that can win us two games or anything like that. That’€™s not my objective.

“€œOur objective is not to keep us in the No. 3 seed in the East and maybe move up a bit, other than that’€™s our players’€™ objective and that’€™s our coaches’€™ objective. I think those are amazing goals, and it’€™s been fun watching this team compete and beating some of the good teams along the way. But our objective is to put together a team that can compete for championships.

“Listen, we’€™re just a few games from being at seven or eight, and it wasn’€™t too long ago that we were the ninth seed in the East. So, no, I don’€™t pay that much attention to the standings. I look more at how we’€™re playing and where our holes are and what we need to do.”

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Celtics reportedly have ‘recoiled’ at Rockets’ asking price for Dwight Howard 02.16.16 at 11:08 am ET
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        Dwight Howard

The Celtics may still be interested in Rockets center Dwight Howard.

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics have “recoiled” at paying a price that the Rockets would find acceptable. Lowe notes Howard wants a max deal that would start at $30 million per season, which the Celtics would likely be able to do.

The report adds the Rockets have been making calls on him for two weeks, but there has been no interest thus far.

As for current Celtics players potentially being traded at the deadline, Lowe says to keep an eye on Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller since they are set to become restricted free agents.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday and it would appear there will be many more rumors between now and then.

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Adrian Wojnarowski ‘can’t imagine a scenario’ where Celtics trade Nets’ first-round pick 02.15.16 at 11:41 am ET
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The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and from a Celtics perspective, one of the biggest questions is whether or not they will trade the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, that likely won’t happen.

“The Brooklyn pick has tremendous value,” Wojnarowski told CSNNE Sunday night. “I can’€™t imagine a scenario where the Celtics trade that. If they do trade that it’€™s got to be for a really elite, star-level player. I don’€™t think that player is out there available for them.

“They don’€™t want to overreach and give away these assets. They’€™re looking for that Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen deal that they did to put the previous champion together. Those deals probably aren’€™t out there for them.”

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Chris Mannix on OM&F: Celtics should trade for Al Horford if given opportunity 02.11.16 at 11:53 am ET
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Al Horford

Al Horford

Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Mannix checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Thursday morning to discuss the latest Celtics trade rumors, notably Al Horford. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Mannix feels if the Celtics can get a chance to trade for the Atlanta forward they should do so because he can help the team not only now, but years down the line.

“I think Al Horford — if you’re ranking the free agents out there by tiers, putting them into classes, Al Horford is on that next tier right below Kevin Durant, LeBron, if you want to call him a free agent — he’s right there. He’s a bonafide star at his position.” Mannix said. “He plays both front court spots. He’s a great guy, so he won’t disrupt the character of the locker room. I think he’s going to be a highly productive player for the next three years. You throw a guy like Al Horford into that mix, and while he’s not one of those free agent magnets, what he is is another player to a group of bursting young players that is going to be really attractive to other free agent players to come join up and play with.

“The word is out on Brad Stevens. People want to play for this guy and if you deepen this team and add a potential All-Star like Al Horford to the mix, you got to do it if you have the opportunity.”

The Celtics have a number of future draft picks, including Brooklyn’s first rounder this year. Mannix doesn’t feel they will need to trade that pick for Horford, but a few of their future draft picks should be included in a potential package.

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