Danny Ainge told reporters on Monday that he doesn't see a trade happening before the deadline.
Whether you believe him or not is up to you, but members of the Celtics made it clear the team needs more players - whether through trade or not.
"I think it's needed," Paul Pierce said. "I mean, right now we have ten healthy bodies, so we could use a little depth pretty much at every position. Practice is going to be a little tough. We don't have six guards to match up. Only four big men. Kevin Garnett is going to need rest at practice, I'm going to need rest at practice the rest of the way so we can make a second-half push."
Doc Rivers echoed Pierce's words, specifically saying that the team needs to bring in at least one guard.
"We do need another guard, there's no doubt about that," Rivers said. "I think we need two guards. But again, I told Danny, if we can't get what we want, we just won't have it. We dearly need one for sure, just for practice if nothing else. But other than that, we'll see."
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”