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NBA Rumors: Pistons rebuff Celtics' trade offer for Christian Wood

NBA Rumors: Pistons rebuff Celtics' trade offer for Christian Wood

If the Boston Celtics don't make a move before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, it won't be for lack of trying.

The Celtics proposed a trade to the Detroit Pistons involving big man Christian Wood but were turned away, The Athletic's James Edwards III reported Thursday morning.

It's unclear what the Celtics offered Detroit for Wood, but the Pistons appear reluctant to make any moves, as they reportedly plan to hang onto center Andre Drummond.

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Wood fits the mold of a player the C's could target ahead of the deadline: A young big man on a cheap contract who could provide some frontcourt depth.

The 6-foot-10 power forward is averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds this season while playing 18 minutes per game and is making just $1.6 million on the final year of his contract.

Boston is playing its cards close to the vest, though: The club reportedly isn't interested in trading its five "core" players and also may be wary of disrupting its positive team chemistry.

Danny Ainge reportedly still is putting feelers out as the 3 p.m. deadline nears, however.

UPDATE (11:20 a.m. ET): The Athletic's Jay King reports Wood likely will stay in Detroit, and that the Houston Rockets had interest in the 24-year-old, as well.

NBA rumors: Celtics among teams interested in a Markieff Morris trade

NBA rumors: Celtics among teams interested in a Markieff Morris trade

The Boston Celtics parted ways with Marcus Morris after last season, and they reportedly are interested in acquiring his brother, Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris, before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Wednesday that Morris is drawing interest from several contenders, including some of the Celtics' top competitors in the Eastern Conference. 


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The Celtics should target an offensive upgrade for their bench before the trade deadline. They enter Wednesday with the fourth-lowest scoring bench in the league.

Morris is averaging 11 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in a bench role for the Pistons. He's also shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, which would help the Celtics. The ideal pickup for Boston would be a bench scorer with 3-point range, but there aren't many of them rumored to be available.

Another player who fits this mold is Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans, who the C's also reportedly have interest in acquiring.

Here's NBC Sports Boston Celtics insider Chris Forsberg's take on this Morris rumor:

Given that Boston’s biggest need is shooting, your eyes naturally land on Morris’ career-best 39.3 percent shooting beyond the arc this season. It’s a rather surprising number for a player that is shooting 34.4 percent from deep for his career. Morris has 24 games of playoff experience, too, the highlight being that Celtics-Wizards seven-game Royal Rumble during the 2016-17 season. While not quite as much of a ball-stopper as his twin brother, Morris still carries a hefty usage rate and an unsightly assist-to-turnover ratio. He add size but doesn’t block shots, doesn’t rebound well, and his defense is average at best. About the biggest appeal is his salary ($3.2 million), which makes it easier to make a deal for him. Ultimately, the Celtics could probably find a better bench fit at a similar cost.

The Pistons will be a team to watch as the trade deadline nears. Veteran point guard Derrick Rose also has been the subject of trade rumors.

Forsberg: Should C's stand pat or add a 'big' piece at deadline?

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NBA Rumors: 'No traction' on Andre Drummond trade as deadline nears

NBA Rumors: 'No traction' on Andre Drummond trade as deadline nears

If the Detroit Pistons really want to trade Andre Drummond, they'll need to step on the gas pedal.

Teams have "kicked the tires" on a potential Drummond trade but there has been "no traction" on any deal ahead of Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Friday.

The Boston Celtics reportedly are among the teams interested in the 26-year-old big man, who leads the NBA in rebounds per game (15.7) and ranks eighth in blocks (1.8).

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Drummond would give Boston an answer to Eastern Conference giants like Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Brook and Robin Lopez while bolstering a thin frontcourt currently holding its own with Enes Kanter and an overachieving Daniel Theis.

As Mannix points out, though, Drummond's $27 million cap hit could be a deal-breaker for many teams, including the Celtics. The C's would have to move Gordon Hayward or Marcus Smart and at least one other player to make salaries match, but the team seems reluctant to part with any members of their core.

If Boston still wants an upgrade, it may find better luck with Davis Bertans; Mannix reports there's a "feeling around the league" that the Washington Wizards "almost have to shop" the 27-year-old big man, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range amid a breakout season.

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