Ainge: 'Nothing even close' on trade front

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday he wasn’t close to making any trades as the March 15 deadline nears.

"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."

If the Celtics don’t make a major trade, they potentially face a big rebuilding process in the offseason. The contracts of Kevin Garnett ($21 million), Ray Allen ($10 million) and Jermaine O’Neal ($6 million) are coming off the books, freeing up plenty of cap room for Boston to lure free agents to come play with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.

"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 2003-2004 era (when Ainge first arrived in Boston). Completely rebuild? I'm not sure we need to do that.”