Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
With just over three hours left until the deadline, what Ainge predicted as an uneventful trade season could see Boston very active.
Milwaukee, Phoenix emerging as frontrunners for Josh Smith deal, league sources tell Y! Sports. Boston still a "darkhorse," one source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
Obviously, these are all still in the rumor stage. You can't fault Ainge for the effort this morning (and I kinda wish the team played with this kind of energy last night). There's one option that I like that hasn't really been connected to the Celtics:
Would Danny consider flipping Jason Terry and/or Barbosa's expiring contract/Fab Melo for Green and Hansbrough? Indiana would get a good vet for the playoffs, Boston moves closer to a youth movement, and Hansbrough becomes a nightly Tommy points favorite.
Kings Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins have been given the impression that they would not be dealt, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 21, 2013
Alas, the nature of the trade deadline. Scratch Evans off the list.