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Celtics Rumors: Bass, Prince, Thornton, Trades

The Celtics have swung a leagueleading nine trades so far this season, but word around the league is that Boston’s front office is interested in reshaping its roster even further, as Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald details. Of the pieces the C’s would be willing to move, Tayshaun Prince carries the most value, Bulpett hears from one executive. However, Bulpett also relays that teams are hesitant to part with a second-rounder in exchange for the 34-year-old, believing Boston and Prince will reach a buyout if no deal is made, allowing for an opportunity to sign the veteran forward without losing a pick.

We’ll wait to see if the Celtics continue to make moves with the future in mind as the trade deadline approaches. For now let’s round up all of the latest rumblings from coming out of Boston..

  • Brandon Bass has been included in trade discussions since the early going of the season, a source tells Bulpett for the same piece, but in spite of the big man’s solid play this year, teams are potentially turned off by the less-than-stellar numbers he amassed before arriving in Boston. “It’s crazy,” the source said to Bulpett. “People have seen how well he’s played in Boston, but it’s as if they’ve backed off him because of how he played in Dallas or Orlando. I don’t get it. We don’t have a need for him right now, but whoever gets him is going to like what he can do, even if it’s just in limited minutes.
  • Although Marcus Thornton has put up efficient numbers for the C’s in his limited minutes on the floor this season, Bulpett passes along in the same story that teams haven’t shown a desire or willingness to take on his expiring deal worth $8.6MM.
  • Coach Brad Stevens isn’t necessarily opposed to all the player movement his team has experienced so far this year, but he admits it’s difficult to form cohesion when there are so many moving parts. A. Sherrod Blakely of has the details.

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