Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers continue to stress that Ainge is looking at all trades, but isn’t likely to make a big move before the deadline. (Boston Herald)
“My feelings haven’t changed yet,” Ainge said yesterday. “You don’t panic when things aren’t going well and when your lineup isn’t 100 percent.”
Keep in mind that their words might be as truthful as the sentence: “Jermaine O’Neal is the most healthy human being alive.” But also realize that it’s going to be difficult for Ainge to find a trade that will help the Celtics’ future, even if he keeps every GM on speed dial and actively seeks trading partners at every turn.
If you’re looking for perspective on Ainge’s quest, read Paul Flannery’s latest column for WEEI.
Ainge isn’t going to make a move just because this current team is barely staying afloat. He’s not going to repeat the mistakes of colleagues like Detroit’s Joe Dumars who turned his cap space into Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva in a doomed attempt to stay competitive.
Having said that, would Ainge trade anyone on the roster? Obviously. …
If he can make a deal that makes the Celtics better and speed up the rebuilding process, it’s more than an even bet that he’ll pull the trigger. Sentimentality has never been part of Ainge’s method. …
But here it is again: Ainge doesn’t have to blow up the Celtics because he already did. He’s dragged as much as he can out of this run while timing almost everything to end when the extension Garnett signed upon his arrival is completed. He will have ample cap space, two All-Stars including a 25-year-old point guard, a respected coach locked up on a long-term contract and at least two picks in what will be a loaded draft.
Will the Celtics make a big move at the deadline? I still think not. But if they don’t, it won’t be for lack of trying.