No team has sent more mixed signals in regards to their status for the NBA’s upcoming trade deadline.
The Celtics want to deal – then they don’t. Then they want to deal, but only particular players – but then want to build around those players.
It’s difficult to get a read on the rebuilding Celtics, but according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, NBA executives believe the Celtics and general manager Danny Ainge are more open to a deal that most.
The trade deadline arrives on Feb. 20, a day after the Phoenix game and a day before the Celtics make their annual visit to the Lakers. Danny Ainge is more open to a deal than most general managers in the NBA right now, though his paramount goal is to stay under the luxury-tax threshold.
Boston is said to want to hang on to their collection of picks and isn’t interested in taking back any salary, so, finding a trade partner isn’t going to be easy. Seems like Ainge is simply looking to offload some of his more nasty contracts, like Gerald Wallace and/or Jeff Green without taking much back in return.