Danny Ainge was asked about the team's trade possibilities during an interview earlier today on WEEI's The Big Show:
"Nothing is even close. As of right now we have nothing close to happening," Ainge said on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "It's not from a lack of trying. Not necessarily to make major changes but to make small changes at least.
"But we still have a long time before March 15 to see if we can do something to help our team."
"We have some good pieces," Ainge said. "We have some players still under contract that we really like on the roster, more than we did back in the 2003-04 era (when Ainge first arrived in Boston). Completely rebuild? I'm not sure we need to do that."
No surprises here. Even if something is imminent, Ainge would never say he's on the verge of completing a blockbuster deal and will have specifics in 24 hours.
CBS Sports' Ken Berger has more non-news:
The Celtics are prepared to entertain offers for Paul Pierce, whose subtraction from the Boston core would be the most advantageous to the post-Big Three rebuilding effort given his age (34) and the $32 million he's owed over the next two seasons. And for those same reasons, he'll be the most difficult of Boston's top four players to move. The Clippers, indeed, have interest in Ray Allen, but little in the way of movable salary to make a deal work. Rival executives believe Celtics president Danny Ainge would have to be blown away by an offer to move point guard Rajon Rondo.
Prepared to entertain offers? Does that mean Ainge is suddenly willing to answer the phone?
Does someone within the Celtics organization plant this seed to the media to help drum up trade interest?