Thursday, February 7, 2013
Ainge: 'I don't see that much changing'
Quick hits from Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge after his weekly appearance Thursday on Boston sports radio WEEI (93.7 FM):
On if there is any truth to the trade rumors so far: "Well, I'll just repeat what I always tell you guys -- the things that are out there are the things that aren't true and the things that are happening are not being reported."
On what's really happening with trades: "I can't give you much juice other than it's this time every year. There's a lot of conversation, and usually at this time of the year the conversation isn't as serious. As it gets closer to the deadline it gets a little bit more serious, you get a little bit better offers. It's still most people trying to make one-sided deals, as opposed to doing what's best for both teams. Which is -- a trade like a Rudy Gay trade is fairly unusual this time, this early before the deadline."
On if he's comfortable saying that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will not be traded: "Yeah, I think that's by far the most likely thing. Sure."
On Ainge's plan moving forward: "Well, I want to see how our team plays over the next little while before the trade deadline, too. But I don't think we've had a true test of exactly what team we are yet. And I think that, because I've been doing this for 10 years now, but with this group of guys for the last couple of years, I don't see that much changing. There aren't a lot of teams that are trying to pursue players of KG and Paul's age, and I just think that we value them more than other teams value them. There's so many teams that are trying to get younger, so many teams that are trying to rebuild, so many teams are trying to get high draft picks already. I think that where we value them as players is just much greater than the rest of the league, which I think is common among players of their age."
In the video below, ESPN's Kurt Rambis breaks down Ainge's comments regarding Pierce and Garnett.