For the past few years, we had always seen a trade or two from Danny Ainge around the trade deadline. That changes this year though, as we’ve made it through the deadline with no reported moves taking place by the team.
Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries, Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo, they will all be Celtics for at least the remainder of the regular season. The frontcourt logjam that Ainge made at the start of the season is still very much in place as well.
League source tells Globe that the Celtics have made no deals today.
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 20, 2014
CH’s Take: It’s fair to say that this entire deadline around the league was underwhelming. With no first round picks changing hands at the deadline, it was an indication that the market out there was pretty weak for even veteran players like Brandon Bass or Kris Humphries that could help a contender now. The Celtics didn’t HAVE to do anything and weren’t going to do anything just for the sake of doing it and they proved it today by not getting decent offers it appears to move guys.
While it would have been nice to open up some more minutes in the frontcourt for guys like Kelly Olynyk and potentially Vitor Faverani, Brad Stevens should be able to navigate those problems without an issue. The focus turns now to the impending offseason and NBA Draft. The Celtics will have a boatload of assets then with draft picks, trade exceptions and tradable pieces on the roster.
With other teams have lots more flexibility then in terms of wheeling and dealing, expect to see plenty of more action then. For now, you can re-live the CelticsHub trade deadline chat where we answered plenty of questions about the Celtics future with myself and Tom Westerholm.