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Danny Ainge explains how Celtics will approach NBA buyout market

Danny Ainge explains how Celtics will approach NBA buyout market

The Boston Celtics still have one more avenue to improve their roster before the postseason.

NBA buyout season officially began Thursday at 3 p.m. ET after the league's trade deadline passed. Teams now have until March 1 to waive players on their roster and allow other clubs to claim them in free agency.

The buyout market still is taking shape, but several notable names could become available over the next few weeks, including Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson, new Minnesota Timberwolves wing Evan Turner and former Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.

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In an interview Friday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed the team will at least explore its options on the buyout market.

"We're going to take a look at all of them," Ainge said. "We have a list of players that we think have a potential to be bought out, but we have no information on whether they will or they won't. So, we're waiting on that."

Ainge wouldn't list any specific names but responded affirmatively when asked if there are "one or two" players the team is keeping an eye on.

"But again, I think it's a long shot whether they will be bought out," Ainge added. "And there will be competition for their services with other teams."

A report Thursday suggested the Celtics "would be interested" in Turner if he was bought out. Thompson reportedly doesn't plan on pursuing a buyout from the Cavs but could be on Boston's radar if he changes his mind.

It doesn't sound like the Celtics are clamoring to make a move, though; Ainge reiterated his believe that the current roster can compete for a championship.

"We don't feel like we have to have anybody," Ainge said. "So, we'll just look, and if we feel like it's an obvious upgrade, we'll upgrade our team."

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NBA trade deadline winners and losers 2019-20: Analyzing best, worst deals

NBA trade deadline winners and losers 2019-20: Analyzing best, worst deals

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and there was no shortage of moves.

We didn't see any superstars traded, but many quality players switched teams over the last few days.

It's now time to analyze the teams that did the most to improve their chances of a deep playoff run, as well as the franchises that failed to make the most of the trade deadline.

Click for the winners and losers from the 2020 NBA trade deadline

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Enes Kanter pulls off successful NBA trade deadline troll with cryptic tweet

Enes Kanter pulls off successful NBA trade deadline troll with cryptic tweet

If you freaked out over Enes Kanter's cryptic tweet Thursday afternoon -- blame Chris Forsberg.

Less than 90 minutes before the 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline, Kanter sent out the dreaded "eye emoji" tweet, leading nervous Boston Celtics fans to wonder if Danny Ainge had a last-minute trade up his sleeve.

Here's a sampling of reactions to Kanter's tweet:

Some media outlets even ran with Kanter's mysterious tweet:

But here's the thing: Forsberg, our NBC Sports Boston Insider, co-hosts "The Enes Kanter Show" podcast with the Celtics big man.

And on this week's episode, Forsberg put Kanter up to a little gag.

"Please do this: At some point in the next 24 hours, just use the 'eyes emoji'," Forsberg said. "Trae Young did it (Monday), and people freaked out."

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Consider the troll executed, as the Celtics didn't make any moves Thursday prior to the 3 p.m. deadline.

To complete the cycle, Kanter sent out pretty awesome video just after 3 p.m. celebrating the fact that he isn't being traded:

Kanter's joy over not being traded is a good sign that he's enjoying his tenure in Boston. The 27-year-old is averaging 9.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while playing 18.7 minutes per game and seems to fit well in a Celtics locker room with some strong chemistry.

Just don't pull our collective leg too many more times, Enes.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NBA trade deadline. Thursday at 7 p.m., tune into our Celtics Trade Deadline Special with Mike, Kyle, Scal, Chris & Sherrod plus an interview with Danny Ainge.