Celtics president Danny Ainge: Other team ‘backed out’ of trade involving Nets pick
The Celtics – deep with talent and draft picks – somewhat surprisingly didn’t make a trade before yesterday’s deadline. Boston is good enough now to remain patient, but it’s a little surprising, with so many assets to discuss, nothing came to fruition.
But that doesn’t mean nothing came close.
Celtics president Danny Ainge on 98.5 The Sports Hub, via CSN New England:
Adam Kaufman of WBZ NewsRadio:
“Backed out” are strong words that imply the other team agreed at one point, though perhaps Ainge just means backed out of negotiations.
If it’s the latter, this isn’t worth getting worked up over. Ainge isn’t well-positioned to know how close a team truly is to accepting a trade – no matter what is says while negotiating. The fact that Boston was willing to make this trade indicates the other team shouldn’t (though it’s far from conclusive, because, of course, trades happen). The other team just might have never found this deal as viable as Ainge did, which happens all the time in discussions.
But if the other team agreed then backed out, we’re onto a major “what if?”
And we all know what you’re thinking: Kevin Love. If we’re taking Ainge at his word, that’s not the case. Kaufman:
Guess away. If the Celtics’ were willing to trade an extremely valuable Nets pick, it’d have to be quite a player.