Sep 28, 2012; Waltham, MA, USA; The Boston Celtic logo on the hardwood floor during the media day at the Celtics training facility. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics open to a deal 'more than most'

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.

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  • Bill Sipe

    Really not sure that the Celtics stance has changed whatsoever. Fictional rumors and pure speculation (perpetuated on sites like this) are all that’s out there.