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Celtics stand pat at trade deadline

Celtics stand pat at trade deadline

Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make. The Celtics went for those in bulk at the trade deadline. 

While some teams (especially ones from Cleveland) went absolutely bonkers ahead of Thursday’s deadline, the Celtics stood pat for the third consecutive year. That makes the 2015 trade deadline, when they acquired Isaiah Thomas, the last time they made any real noise at the deadline. Thomas ended up being one of the players shipped out by Cleveland Thursday. 

The Celtics’ inactivity Thursday means that Marcus Smart, who was rumored to have been on the block, will stay with the team through the end of his contract. 

The team is still expected to be a player in free agency when players are bought out of their deals down the stretch. 

Boston Celtics to play Charlotte Hornets in preseason game at Chapel Hill

Boston Celtics to play Charlotte Hornets in preseason game at Chapel Hill

The Celtics' preseason schedule has not yet been released, but the Charlotte Hornets announced a matchup with Boston in late September. 

The game will be held on The University of North Carolina's campus in the Dean E. Smith Center on September 28th. 

Boston played Charlotte twice in last year's preseason, where the Celtics won both games. 

It is not clear whether this game will be Boston's first chance to play with a fully healthy roster for the first time in nearly a year, but we are at least 74 days away from Celtics basketball again.

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