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Celtics don’t expect to make big move at trade deadline

Avery Bradley, Mickael Pietrus, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

Boston Celtics’, from left, Avery Bradley, Mickael Pietrus, from France, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen walk off the court during a break in the action in the first half of an NBA basketball game with the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


The rumors swirling around the Boston Celtics are of radical changes — Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have all had their names come up in trade scenarios — but in the end it may all be a lot of words with no action. Well, it is an election year, we should expect a lot of that.

Boston’s brass doesn’t expect to make a big move and are not close to getting a deal done soon.

That is what GM Danny Ainge told

“Nothing is even close. As of right now we have nothing close to happening,” Ainge said on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “It’s not from a lack of trying. Not necessarily to make major changes but to make small changes at least.

“But we still have a long time before March 15 to see if we can do something to help our team.”

Doc Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of that he doesn’t expect a shakeup.

“I don’t expect anything big to come down,” Rivers said. “I wouldn’t be shocked if nothing came down, to be honest.”

For a variety of reasons — from Dwight Howard creating a trade bottleneck to GMs being busy scouting college games this week and next — it is likely trades that do come down will be pushed up against the March 15 deadline. That day may be crazy. And the Celtics might be part of the show.

But right now, the waters look peaceful off Boston Harbor.