|Danny Ainge explains why Celtics didn’t make any moves at deadline: ‘Nothing that was good enough’||02.23.17 at 4:05 pm ET|
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.”
(For more on the trade deadline and how the inactivity leaves the Celtics as potentially only the fourth-best team in the Eastern Conference, check out this column.)
|Celtics rumors: Woj says Pacers won’t trade Paul George, so looks like that deal is dead||at 2:52 pm ET|
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 (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
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.
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.
I repeat: Paul George – barring a title chance in Indy – is hell-bent on heading for Laker Land. This message has been sent throughout NBA.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 23, 2017
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.
|Celtics Rumors: Are Pacers attempting to clear roster spots so they can send Paul George to Boston?||at 1:33 pm ET|
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
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 23, 2017
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?
For more on the trade deadline, by the way, check out this running diary.
With just under three hours left until the NBA trade deadline, the Celtics appear to be pushing for Paul George.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Celtics and Pacers have had preliminary talks on George. The report says the Celtics hasn’t met Indiana’s asking price, but the Nets pick has entered the conversation.
George is averaging 22.3 points per game and is signed through the end of the 2018-19 season.
It is worth noting, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics have put the 2017 Nets pick into the offer for George. This pick will likely be in the top four, but could get as high as the No. 1 overall pick. Of course the Celtics will need to add more, but this would be a big starting point.
Stay turned for more as the day goes on.
For more Celtics news, visit weei.com/celtics.
|Celtics rumors: Isaiah Thomas tweets an hourglass emoji, someone notes it looks like Paul George’s shoe logo, world ends||02.22.17 at 3:27 pm ET|
Today’s installment of “Emoji’s with I.T.” is an hourglass.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas set Twitter atwitter earlier this week when he posted an eyeball emoji, which some took to mean a Celtics trade was imminent. Thomas was up to more mischief on Wednesday, posting an hourglass and then leaving us to our own devices.
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) February 22, 2017
Could he simply mean that the clock is ticking to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline? Nah. More than 8,000 retweets later, we have a better theory:
— Johnny Nup (@_jnup) February 22, 2017
As observant tweeter Johnny Nup notes, if you turn a pair of Paul George shoes sideways, the Pacers star’s logo looks remarkably like an hourglass.
Ipso facto, the Celtics must be close to a deal for Indiana’s All-Star.
Right? Right?!? RIGHT?!?!?!?!
About 24 hours remain in silly season.
(By the way, for more on Thomas’s mystery tweet, check out Alex Reimer on the Mashup Blog.)
|Celtics reportedly are ‘zeroed in’ on Jimmy Butler, Paul George||02.21.17 at 11:32 am ET|
The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and it appears the Celtics have identified their main targets.
In a piece for ESPN.com, Zach Lowe notes the Celtics are “zeroed in” on both Jimmy Butler and Paul George. This isn’t much of a surprise considering these two players are two of the biggest stars potentially available.
Butler is averaging 24.5 points per game with the Bulls this season, while George is averaging 22.3 points per game with the Pacers. Either of these players could be the piece the Celtics need to take them to the next level.
Lowe also notes the Celtics have talked to the Clippers “intermittently” about a trade for Blake Griffin, but said a deal between the two teams is “extremely unlikely.”
Stay tuned as the trade deadline is set for Thursday and a lot will happen between now and then.
For more Celtics news, visit weei.com/celtics.
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Isaiah Thomas to Play vs. Wizards After Missing 2 Games with Knee Injury
- Ray Allen Not Invited to Rajon Rondo's NBA Title Celebration After...
- Isaiah Thomas Will Miss Next 2 Games for Celtics with Knee Injury
- Al Horford, Avery Bradley Out vs. Suns with Elbow, Hamstring Injuries
- Avery Bradley Returns from Achilles Injury for Celtics vs. Hawks
- Isaiah Thomas Criticizes DeMarre Carroll for Flagrant Foul in Celtics vs...