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No Deals For Celtics At NBA Trade Deadline

By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston
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Danny Ainge (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Danny Ainge (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Deadline day is here for the NBA, with the trade deadline set for 3 p.m. this afternoon. Follow along for all the updates!

3:09 p.m.: It looks like that’s all she wrote for the Celtics on this deadline day, as The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes reports the Celtics did not make a move today, according to league sources.

It seems like a bit of a missed opportunity for Ainge and the Celtics. Moving Brandon Bass would have freed up more playing time for rookie Kelly Olynyk, and shed some payroll for next season, and likely would have yielded at least a second round pick.

But Ainge said earlier this morning he wasn’t feeling any pressure to make a move, and he doesn’t make trades just to make trades. He already pulled off a pair of trades earlier this season, netting the Celtics a couple more future picks for Jordan Crawford and MarShaon Brooks as well as shedding Courtney Lee’s contract.

Overall it was a very underwhelming deadline day with no first rounder picks changing teams, a true telling of what the trade market was this year.

This sets the stage for what should be a very interesting summer for the Celtics. Here is what Ainge said about that earlier on Toucher & Rich:

“It is easier to make deals in the summer. Teams have cap flexibility, free agents are free agents and things become a little more clear in some regards. The deadline is time to make some deals, but the summer time is the best time. That’s why we’re not impatient, not panicking or feeling pressure to do anything right now.”

So after a day (or months, depending on how you look at it) of waiting, we now get to wait another four months before we get a better picture of the future of the Celtics.

Update: There is one move of note that was announced after the deadline. The 76ers acquired Danny Granger and his expiring $14 million contract from the Pacers in exchange for a package that includes Celtics-killer Evan Turner.

3:00 p.m.: Pencils down everyone. The clock has struck 3 p.m., and we’ve got nothing on the Celtics. That doesn’t mean a deal isn’t in the works or in the final stages, but as of right now there’s nothing.

We’ll find out if that’s the case within the next half hour or so, but as of right now, it looks like the Celtics did nothing at the deadline.

2:59 p.m.: A minor trade just went down:

2:56 p.m.: Just a few minutes to go, and all remains quiet. It would be pretty disappointing if Ainge can’t flip a deal at least some second round draft picks — unless the 76ers have already acquired all of them.

2:36 p.m.: Even restaurants are having fun with how quiet the Celtics are right now:

2:23 p.m.: More Woj to pass along. It looks like a former Celtic could be dealt again this season:

Crawford is averaging just 6.6 points and 2.2 assists in 16.5 minutes for the Warriors in 14 games since being traded by Boston. His shooting has dipped, as he’s hitting just 39 percent from the floor and 25 percent from 3-point range.

Also, there’s this:

2:00 p.m.: Just one hour to go until the deadline, and it’s still all crickets on the Celtics’ front.

It was like this back in 2011, and then come deadline time Kendrick Perkins was being shipped out of town with no warning whatsoever. So we’ll just sit tight and wait for the clock to hit 3 p.m..

1:49 p.m.: Another minor move to report, courtesy of (who else) Adrian Wojnarowski.

Not a bad deal for either team, with Jordan Hamilton giving the Rockets another swingman that they’ve wanted. In Aaron Brooks, the Nuggets get a serviceable backup point guard for Ty Lawson.

It also means the Rockets won’t be taking Jeff Green, so we can put that dream to rest.

1:29 p.m.: There are 90 minutes left until the deadline, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski the Celtics “have no traction on any deals.”

We’ll see how much changes though, as teams figure out which deals will and will not get done. Some teams could start to get desperate, and Ainge will be there ready to listen.

12:47 p.m.: Another trade has gone down, and while it doesn’t have much sparkle to it there is a New England connection.

Brookline native and UConn alum Jeff Adrien is heading to the fourth NBA team of his career, which is unfortunately the worst team in the NBA. He played 25 games for Charlotte this season, averaging 2.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

12:35 p.m.: Well, it’s a trade at least.

All that’s new out of Wojo’s latest Tweet is that Philadelphia will get two more second round picks to add to their stockpile. They now have nine second round picks in this year’s draft, in addition to their pair of lottery picks.

12:30 p.m.: Rumors, rumors, rumors. That’s all that is really out there, and none of them are as exciting as you’d hope. Here’s a quick rundown from the Twitterverse:

Riveting stuff, but maybe things will pick up in the next 2 1/2 hours.

11:35 a.m.: CSNNE’s Kyle Draper joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak, and said the Celtics would like to hang on to Kris Humphries and his expiring $12 million contract.

“I’m told the Celtics want to keep him throughout the rest of the season. His contract comes off the books and he’s been a solid player and professional for the Celtics,” said Draper. “You’d like to trade him and get assets, but it’s not priority number-one.”

“If someone is to be moved, Bass is the most likely. They have a gluttony of power forwards, so you’d think one of those guys would be moved,” said Draper. “Bass is the obvious choice. He’s a solid player with a great contract that can fit in any system.”

“If you can get something back, a first round pick or nice young player for Brandon Bass, Danny Ainge will do that.”

Listen to the entire interview with Kyle Draper: 

11:27 a.m.: Here’s a fun one, first reported by CBS Sports’ Ken Berger:

Nothing like being traded from the favorites to the Kings, only to be waived. But at least Roger Mason Jr. doesn’t have to play in Sacramento.

11:15 a.m.: It’s been extremely quiet this morning in regards to the Celtics, but a tweet by The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett may shed some light on why.

So it sounds like the C’s are sitting back and waiting for the deadline to play out, and if other teams want to come back to them right before 3 p.m. they’ll be waiting. If not, Ainge is A-OK waiting to make his splash this summer.

And so continues the waiting game…

10:05: a.m.: Celtics president Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub this morning that the Celtics aren’t feeling pressured into making a move today, and he doesn’t think anything big will happen on the Celtics’ front.

“There is a possibility of things happening, but I’m not sure anything big and exciting will happen,” Ainge said. “We’re not panicking or not feeling pressured to do a deal right now.”

In other words, something could be brewing.

Ainge did say there is nothing going on with Rondo, and that the bigger trades tend to happen over the summer.

9:55 a.m.: We have a trade! Just not one involving the Celtics.

The Clevaland Cavaliers have acquired center Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers for a pair of second round picks, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hawes gives the Cavs another big man to play along with Tyler Zeller if Anderson Varejao can’t get healthy. The Cavs are currently just three games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

As for the 76ers, they’re in full-on tank mode. Hawes (who is a free agent after this season) could be one of many being dealt out of Philly today, with the 76ers four games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the NBA.

9:10 a.m.:  CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely, who is with the Celtics on their current West Coast trip, joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich early Thursday morning, and said there is little chance Rajon Rondo gets traded today.

“It has to be a ‘I can’t walk away from this deal because it’s too damn good’ and that’s not going to happen,” he said. “A top 10 player, and multiple draft picks. It would take something like a Kevin Love-type player, and no one is offering anyone remotely close. At the end of the day there aren’t going to be these overwhelming, super stars changing coasts type deals that we like to see. I don’t see that happening.”

There was a rumored deal with Houston that picked up steam on Wednesday, and while Blakely said we can all make it work in those trade machines, it won’t happen in reality.

“It’s just not going to happen. If you fire up the trade machine you can make it happen, but in a place called reality it isn’t happening. Houston has certain assets that they can put in a deal, but they don’t want to. Chandler Parsons is the biggest discount in the NBA, and they won’t put him in that deal,” he said.

Blakely could see a surprise move pop up late, which could involve injured guard Avery Bradley, but he isn’t expecting the Celtics to do much.

“I don’t think they’re going to make nearly as big a splash as a lot of people hope they will,” he said. “I don’t think the deals are out there. Ainge knows what he is looking for, and frankly, no one is serving it up right now.”

Listen to the full interview here:

8:45 a.m.: The Boston Celtics have plenty of rumors swirling around them, and with Danny Ainge already pulling off two trades earlier this season, he could easily morph back into full-on “Trader Danny” mode as the deadline approaches.

Read: Which Celtics Could Be Dealt?

We’ve heard names like Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries and Jeff Green being tossed around, and even a blockbuster involving Rajon Rondo. Chances are a blockbuster deal that sends Rondo out of town (Houston is the hot rumor) won’t come together prior to the deadline, but Ainge has a knack for sneaking in a trade that people don’t hear about until it’s actually completed. Remember that Kendrick Perkins trade that caught nearly everyone off guard in 2011?

It’s all about the future for these Celtics, so we’ll see what Ainge has up his sleeve as he tries to acquire even more assets (better known as draft picks and expiring contracts). But chances are we won’t see any real fireworks until the summer leading up to the NBA draft.

Robb: 5 Players The Celtics Should Target At Deadline

There were a couple of moves completed yesterday with a few former Celtics changing teams. The Golden State Warriors acquiring point guard Steve Blake from the Lakers, with former Celtic MarShon Brooks heading to his fourth team in the last sevens months. Jason Terry also found himself on the move, going from Brooklyn to Sacramento (along with Reggie Evans) for guard Marcus Thornton.

We’ll be bringing you all the moves made around the NBA, so stick with CBSBostonsports.com as the NBA trade deadline approaches!

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