Danny Ainge joined The Big Show in studio today on WEEI-FM for an extended in-studio interview. Much of the early conversation was focused on Rajon Rondo’s impact, his personality and how much of a effect he has on this team. As the discussion progressed though, important trade questions came to the forefront of the conversations, as Ainge explained how he plans to proceed heading into the trade deadline next month. A sampling of his more revealing answers.
On whether the team will make moves next month: “I think whether we win every game or whether we struggle, I think it all depends on what opportunties are presented, so we are open and listening and are having discussions regarding a lot of different possibilities, but we don’t feel pressure to do anything. We want to make some change to help improve our team, but we don’t feel pressure.”
Has he had any discussions with Paul Pierce about being traded? “No, because nothing has been talked about with Paul or discussed. Nothing is close to being done. I too, would like to see Paul Pierce retire as a Celtic. That would be great. We are all attached to Paul. He’s been great for the city, the franchise, each of us individually, he’s been a true pro. Having said that, if something came up I would talk to Paul, but my job is do what’s best for the Boston fans, and what’s best for the Boston Celtic team, regardless of my personal ties and personal relationships with players.”
On whether he thinks any deals will be made: “Deals are just hard to do. People are getting smart in this business and are doing deals that are mutually beneficial to both teams. They’re just challenging.”
On trade talks with Memphis: “Memphis with new management has been pretty active. We’ve had discussions but nothing that ever got close. It’s been well documented what they were trying to accomplish, to get under the tax and get for Rudy. They got some good players though, and time will tell.”