As Woj reports, the Celtics are listening to offers. And if they get one Danny Ainge feels comfortable signing off on, they’re going to take it. Nobody is safe from Ainge’s maneuvers, but the key is whether he finds a suitable trade. He knows that standing pat is good for the future too.
Here’s what Doc Rivers had to say about the Celtics’ objectives as the NBA trade deadline draws near: (via the Boston Herald)
Rivers knows that if another team did meet the Celtics’ request that it wouldn’t help his team much in the present.
“We would be getting future value,” Rivers said. “But obviously if there was a deal like that and it made sense, we’d do it. But teams are very high on the draft, and that’s been in play a lot. I think teams are very reluctant this year to make a move — even teams that think they’re one player away. They want to make a move, but they don’t want to give up that pick.”
And an opposing executive:
“Danny’s talking like he thinks some team that’s a player away has to want one of the Big Three, and he’s right,” one opposing executive said. “But the price might be too high. I guess he’s just hoping that a team will think it needs an Allen or a Garnett so bad that they’ll overspend.
“And if a team thinks that’s the guy who’s going to put them over the top, then you’ve got to think about that.”