Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge Explains Why Team Was Silent At NBA Trade Deadline
The Boston Celtics to many fans dismay decided to remain silent on NBA trade deadline Thursday despite having some of the best trade assets in the entire league.
Team President Danny Ainge explained why he decided to stay with his current 15 man roster.
“We had a lot of conversations about things that we could do to improve our team but nothing that was good enough to do,” Ainge told reporters, including Richie Thompson of the Boston Herald. “It’s hard to say and I think it takes two teams and a lot of times we don’t know how close. A lot of times it is very easy to tell but [sometimes] teams are very far apart. A lot of discussion, good conversation and a lot of rumors that were true and a lot of rumors that were not true.”
When it comes to the Boston Celtics they are generally linked to everyone at some point, most notably this year it was Paul George of the Indiana Pacers. But both teams were never close to making a deal with the Pacers not seriously considering trading George.
Ainge made sure to point out that the rest of the teams around the NBA know exactly how valuable the 17 and 18 Net’s picks are and thinks the Celtics are in a very good position moving forward.
“The ball has bounced our way,” Ainge told reporters, “and we need to make the most of that.”
With the Boston Celtics traveling to Toronto to take on the Raptors in their first game in a week Ainge is confident in his team of players and noted that the team is getting closer to 100% health with Avery Bradley and Jaylen Brown closer to returns.
“The outcome is that we have a team that is getting ready to head to Toronto, the same team we’ve had since training camp,” said Ainge. “A team that is very close to being healthy.”
Ainge did not address the potential of the Celtics adding a buyout candidate to their roster, but if an Andrew Bogut is available you can’t help but imagine the Celtics pouncing on adding him to the team.