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Trade Deadline rumors: Celtics holding on to first round picks in potential deals

Danny Ainge isn’t budging as the trade deadline quickly approaches.

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As the NBA trade deadline approaches the eleventh hour, the Boston Celtics have yet to make any deals. Rumors have circled in the last hour or so that Danny Ainge is not willing to include a first round pick in trade talks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a flurry of moves to transform their roster, getting younger and longer on both ends of the floor. Tyreke Evans was a reported target for the Celtics for several weeks as Boston looks to add bench scoring, but the Grizzlies are not coming down from their original asking price of a first round pick.

Lou Williams was another reported target for the Celtics, but he signed a three-year extension with LA on Wednesday. He cannot be moved for another 60 days, which is well after the playoff rosters are locked. Adam Himmelsbach also reported that as of right now, the Celtics’ trade talks are “dead.”

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