The Boston Celtics have struggled at times this season despite their abundance of talent, but GM Danny Ainge doesn’t seem to anticipate making any moves prior to the trade deadline in February.
Ainge, speaking to 98.5′s Toucher & Rich, said improving on the talent Boston currently has would be difficult.
“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.”
Two notes about this.
1) Ainge isn’t just being difficult to hide his future plans. This roster would be very difficult to improve, at least without significant shakeup. The players who have struggled the most — Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown — are much too valuable to trade at their lowest point of value. Brad Stevens probably put it best prior to Wednesday’s game (paraphrasing slightly): Too much has been made of the difference between shot making and lack of shot making. The Celtics are too good to continue to struggle like this from the field, and if shots start falling, the team will probably improve without shuffling the roster.