Danny Ainge spoke with WEEI today for his weekly appearance, and the talk focused mostly around trade speculation. ESPNBoston’s Chris Forsberg broke it down.
Ainge, rumored to have been in discussions with Charlotte regarding a trade involving D.J. Augustin and Glen Davis, first denied those rumors.
“We haven’t had any discussions with Charlotte,” said Ainge. “There was some speculation that they were looking for a 4, and we were looking for a backup point guard. People try to put things together. We have no had discussions. I like the player in the trade [Augustin], but we like Glen Davis a lot, too.”
Ainge then hinted at perhaps favoring a small trade over blowing the nucleus up by trading Ray Allen.
“I think a trade is one way to fix it, if it’s a trade that helps you,” said Ainge. “I think that, first of all, health is going to fix [Boston's struggles]. Our guys are going to get more healthy as the year goes on, I’ve been saying that, and I still believe that. I don’t know what we’re going to be able to do from a trade standpoint — trades are very difficult to do in the NBA right now.
“We’re going to try to do something. I feel like we need to do something. It might be something very small — tweak the personality of our team.”
Later Ainge added: “I’ll know more by this time next week, if there’s anything we can do to win better this year and still not hurt us down the road. So I’m exploring, those are the only kind of deals I’d consider doing right now. Right now, I’m not ready to blow it up. [Maybe] if there was a very intriguing young player, but those are not available.”
“We’re going to try to do something. I feel like we need to do something. It might be very small — tweak the personality of our team.” – Sounds like the words of a man trying to add a piece to the puzzle instead of shaking up the entire puzzle.
But it’s trade season, and you never know.
Update: Read the full transcript HERE.