Although he does have conversations with rival teams about potential trades at this time of year, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said during an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show that things won’t really begin to heat up until mid-December. For now, any discussions with possible trade partners are more about getting the lay of the land, and potentially laying the groundwork for a future move, according to Ainge (link via A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com).
“There’s a lot of talk that leads nowhere and there’s sometimes groundwork that leads to something,” said the Celtics GM. “Teams are still trying to feel what their team is, who are they, what direction they’re headed, what the mix is, the fit.”
As the Celtics continue to determine what their own rotation looks like and assess their needs, let’s round up a few more items out of Boston…
- Celtics second-round pick Abdel Nader agreed to play in the D-League this season since there was no room for him on Boston’s NBA roster, and he has thrived with the Maine Red Claws in the early going, averaging 24.3 PPG and making more than 45% of his three-point attempts. Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison spoke to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe about Nader’s performance so far and what he has to do to earn a shot at a rotation role with the Celtics in 2017/18.
- After signing a one-year contract with the Celtics in the offseason, Gerald Green is waiting patiently for an opportunity to contribute to the team and a more frequent and consistent basis, writes Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com. The veteran swingman has averaged just 10.9 minutes per game in 10 contests so far.
- WEEI’s Logan Mullen examines the roles being played by Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for the Celtics so far, and what the team expects from the duo. Boston guaranteed Johnson’s and Jerebko’s 2016/17 salaries back in July, and both players will be free agents at season’s end.