No sense of imminent deals, but tremendous volume of trade discussions among teams for only the mid-December benchmark.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 16, 2014
Woj doesn't provide any specifics, but Celtics fans disappointed in Boston's 8-14 quarter mark start should be happy that Trader Danny is working the phones. Here at CelticsBlog, we've speculated about interest in hot button players like Lance Stephenson, Brook Lopez, Greg Monroe, Roy Hibbert, and Carmelo Anthony. We've looked at whether or not the Celtics should be buyers or sellers in the weak Eastern Conference and bandied about the idea of dealing Rajon Rondo.
While the team remains wildly inconsistent with young players showing flashes of brilliance here and there and older vets proving their possible trade worth, it's curious what Ainge could be looking for in the market. The need for a rim protector is still an issue that needs to be addressed. The Celtics are in the lower third of the league in allowing points in the restricted area. Boston is 4th in the league with 10 losses in games decided by 5 points or less. It's rare that you can find a closer on Craigslist at a reasonable price but a go-to scorer--or a prospect that could grow into that role--should be a priority for Celtics' management.
It's early, but ultimately, it's still to be determined where we are in the rebuild. Does Danny flip Brandon Bass and/or Marcus Thornton and their expiring contracts to a contender for future prospects and assets? Could Ainge package a first round pick with a pony from his stable of young talent to bring in a more seasoned player? We haven't heard our first legitimate rumor yet, but when we do, it'll give us a glimpse into what direction DA has the team headed. Stay tuned.