The Boston Celtics have seen a number of their players be mentioned in rumors in the weeks leading up to the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 20. Guys like Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, and Avery Bradley—to a lesser degree—have been linked to teams throughout the league.
However, it doesn’t appear like the biggest name from that litter is going to be dealt. Chris Mannix of SI was recently on WEEI to talk about the Celtics leading up to the deadline, and said that the word around the team and the league is that they are going to be hanging on to Rondo through the rest of this season and re-evaluating the situation with the point guard after this year. If a team were to present them with a monster offer, they’d consider it; other than that, though, Rondo will be staying put.
As for the other pieces being tossed around in trade rumors, Bass is still garnering some interest from teams around the league. However, there’s a chance that the Celtics are over-valuing Bass and that the interest-level may not match any asking price.
High asking prices are a theme for the Celtics, especially when it comes to Green and Bradley. According to Mannix, the Celtics are looking to get a first-round pick if they were to deal either player. While Green and Bradley have shown flashes and there’s upside working in Bradley’s favor, that’s a pretty steep price considering the premium being placed on first round picks this year. Subsequently, there’s a good chance that no teams will be willing to fork over a pick in exchange for the services of either Green or Bradley.
While the Celtics are still building for the future and could stand to move some pieces and acquire assets, they seem to be a team that could wind up not making a move over the next week. Considering the value their putting on their players, a deal just doesn’t seem feasible at this time for Boston.