That requires Ainge to lure a third team into his web of deception and chicanery because the Mavericks are predictably uninterested in the flotsam (Sean Williams, E’Twaun Moore) and jetsam (Keeyon Dooling, Mickael Pietrus, JaJuan Johnson) the Celtics have to offer in return.
The Raptors have been linked to these talks because the Mavericks may have interest in Jose Calderon, whose time in Toronto has involved a series of point guards being brought in to almost-but-not-quite replace him. Raps GM Bryan Colangelo is a motivated seller because Calderon recently requested a trade.
It’s impossible to gauge the likelihood of a Dallas-Toronto-Boston deal taking place, if only because we’re just speculating at everyone’s engagement with any proposed deal. But it’s a good indicator that if Ainge wants to land both Terry and Lee, he’s going to have to involve a third team, and possibly throw in a draft pick to seal the deal.
Ainge refused to discuss the specifics of any sign-and-trades yesterday but seemed confident about nailing down the Terry deal in the next week.