Danny Ainge admitted to being in trade discussions for a wing, and specifically a shooter. None of the discussions regard imminent deals, but Rudy Fernandez and Larry Hughes could still be possibilities. (Boston Globe)
One roster spot is still available, and everyone from Danny Ainge to Doc Rivers to back-seat general manager Paul Pierce has said that the Celtics need another piece — specifically, a shooter.
With reports circling about interest in fiery if disgruntled Portland guard Rudy Fernandez, Ainge acknowledged that he was pursuing trade options, though he wasn’t sure a deal would fall in place.
“We’re just continuing to explore available players and trade possibilities and see what sort of options are there,’’ said the Celtics president. “There are some trade discussions that we’re having. I don’t know the likelihood of those happening, but we’ll continue to not rush into something unless it’s something that we’re really excited about.’’ [...]
Journeyman free agent Larry Hughes has also popped up on the Celtics’ radar. He has played for four teams in the past four seasons.
Every time I see “Larry Hughes” and “the Celtics” in the same sentence, I age at least five years. I’m not even kidding.
It’s reassuring to see that Ainge understands the team isn’t complete, though. The Celtics need another wing, insurance for Marquis Daniels and Von Wafer. Because Daniels could always lay another goose egg and is also likely to get injured, while Wafer may actually as big a headcase as some fans (read: I) fear. Fernandez would be a nice addition, Hughes wouldn’t be, and I’m sure there are other options (Xavier Henry, please?) that aren’t mentioned in this report. Find us something, Danny. Turn water into wine, son.