The NBA trade deadline is just over a month away (February 7th) so you can expect trade chatter to start picking up any day now. We know that Danny Ainge will always keep his eyes and ears open for opportunities to make the roster better.
With that said, when he was asked about the trade market on Toucher & Rich, he was predictably pessimistic about it. (via MassLive)
“As far as trading, I don’t really see much out there,” Ainge told Toucher & Rich. “We have a lot of good ones. It’s hard to get better players than we have.”
First of all, he’s absolutely correct that it is hard to make trades and improve the roster (but that hasn’t stopped him before). Secondly, it is even harder to make good trades when you already have a roster full of good players on reasonable (or at least justifiable) contracts (but that hasn’t stopped him before). Thirdly, this is a subtle brag because he knows he already has good players. Fourthly, he has nothing to gain from saying that he’s eager to upgrade the roster (because that makes him look desperate and could be interpreted as a slight on the current roster of players).
So yeah, of course he’s going to say that he doesn’t see anything much out there. That’s what he always says at this time of year. Sometimes things materialize, sometimes they don’t. Ainge has been at this for a long time and he’s become a master of saying interesting things without giving any proprietary information away.
I have also been doing this for a long time, so all I can say is: Buckle up for the usual flow of trade rumors and analysis right here on your favorite source for all things Celtics, CelticsBlog!