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: