The Celtics will send the core of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to the playoffs one more time this spring after the trade deadline passed without a deal.
It appears multiple Celtics were available in return for both a young player and a first round draft pick but no one was willing to pay Danny Ainge’s price. Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports tweeted that the Celtics had serious discussions with multiple teams on both Pierce and Allen but no deal came together.
The Celtics will now look to add a player or two (including at least one big) by the March 23 playoff eligibility deadline. If he’s bought out by New Orleans, Chris Kaman remains a strong possibility but he’ll have multiple suitors with championship aspirations. The Celtics might also add a stretch or undersized four to play a role similar to Brandon Bass, with Kevin Garnett at the center spot. Additionally, Ainge might look for a wing scorer off the bench if he can find one on the scrap heap.
The Big Four’s future remains uncertain beyond this season. Some or all could be back next year or, come draft night, some could be on the move. Allen and Garnett both expire this summer.
Before that, however, the Celtics have one last rodeo to attend.
In the meantime, if you want CH’s take on the team’s non-moves and other wheelings and dealings around the league, check out the full recap for our chat from earlier this afternoon by clicking Here