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NBA trade rumor: Celtics in contact with Cavs on possible 3 way trade

"More picks! More picks! I must have more picks!" - Danny Ainge (probably)

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Danny Ainge talked about taking a few days off for the holidays, but he might have been right back on the phone anyway.  Sounds like the Cavs have interest in giving us yet another pick.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao leaves with injured foot, ankle - ESPN

Sources say the Cavs, in recent days, have been in contact with the Boston Celtics about working as a facilitator in three-team trade scenarios. The Celtics, blessed with frontcourt depth in the wake of their recent acquisition of Brandan Wright in the Rajon Rondo deal, have been aggressive recently in their attempts to acquire future draft picks. The Cavs cannot trade their own 2015 first-round pick because they already sent their 2016 pick to the Celtics in a previous deal. But they do own a protected Memphis first-rounder that they could trade. The Cavs also possess a $5.2 million trade exception to use in a potential deal, which is one of the reasons they sought Mozgov and Koufos, as both of their contracts could fit into that exception.

Fire up the trade machine and see what you can work out!

It doesn't matter now, but it sounds like the Celtics had interest in sending Rajon Rondo to the Lakers (shudder).

NBA Power Rankings: Warriors still shining - Yahoo Sports

The Lakers and Celtics had mutual interest for a Rajon Rondo deal, but the Lakers weren’t willing to give up injured rookie Julius Randle, a source said.

This probably is not related to the trade rumors, but an interesting note from last night's game is that both Sullinger and Jeff Green were benched in the 4th quarter.

Celtics Notebook: Sullinger, Green sit | Boston Herald

Sullinger, who only played nine minutes and was scoreless (0-for-5 shooting), was benched the entire second half. He was the first player out of the locker room before the media was let in. Green went 25 minutes without a rebound and only four points (2-for-6 shooting). He, too, left the arena without talking to the media.

I'm pretty sure that was just frustration on both of their parts, but it is interesting.