The Celtics already made one major trade this season, finally parting ways with Rajon Rondo, and they seem ripe for more moves. They’ve reportedly been in talks with the Cavs about three-team trade ideas, and they have as many as 11 extra draft picks coming their way between now and 2018. The C’s also possess veterans like Jeff Green, whose trade candidacy I examined this weekend, and Brandon Bass who appear fit to play key roles for contending teams, so president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has some ammunition at his disposal. While we wait to see if he and the Celtics can launch any fireworks in time for the New Year, here’s the latest from Boston:
- Paul Pierce will probably speak with Ainge and Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck this summer about a role with the organization after his playing career is done, as Pierce tells Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. The 37-year-old, who has a player option worth nearly $5.544MM with the Wizards for next year, didn’t allude to the notion of rejoining the Celtics as a player as he did in March when he indicated that he was open to the idea.
- Avery Bradley probably took the news of the Rondo trade the hardest among his teammates, writes Michael Lee of The Washington Post. “Me, personally, I was a little down. We had a relationship with each other. He’s like a brother to me,” Bradley said to Lee about Rondo. “All I could do was wish the best for him and hope that he does well in Dallas. It was hard on us, but that’s part of this game.” Bradley, who re-signed with Boston on a four-year, $32MM contract this summer, is nonetheless confident about the C’s playoff chances this year.
- The Celtics have recalled James Young from the D-League, the team announced (on Twitter). This year’s 17th overall pick had 15 points in 32 minutes Sunday for the Maine Red Claws while on his one-day assignment, the sixth time the C’s sent him to the D-League.