By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
The NBA trade deadline has once again come and gone without any action from the Boston Celtics. Despite being connected in rumors involving Clint Capela, Davis Bertans, Marieff Morris, and others, Danny Ainge apparently never found the right deal.
The lack of a result doesn’t mean the Celtics were inactive, however. A report Thursday morning from the Athletic’s James Edwards indicated the Celtics had made an offer to the Detroit Pistons for forward Christian Wood, which Detroit turned down.
After that, the Celtics rumor/report noise was relatively quiet for most of the day. With about an hour to go, there were multiple reports about the Celtics having general discussions, but there were not specific deals floated publicly.
Unlike last year when the Celtics were the only Eastern Conference contender not to make a move, this time around sitting out seemed to be the popular choice. Of the six teams over .500 in the Eastern Conference, only the Miami Heat (34-16, fourth place) and Philadelphia 76ers (31-20, sixth place) made deadline deals. In one of the bigger trades of the deadline, Miami acquired Andre Igoudala, Solomon Hill, and Jae Crowder from the Memphis Grizzlies.
Meanwhile, the Sixers added scoring by sending a trio of second-round picks to the Golden State Warriors for Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III.
It’s now been five years since Danny Ainge made a major move at the deadline. His last splash came in 2015, when he sent a first-round pick and Marcus Thornton to the Phoenix Suns for Isaiah Thomas.
It’s important to remember the deadline doesn’t necessarily mean the Celtics are done adding to the roster. The team still could make a move in the buyout market. Reports have already linked them to forward Tristan Thompson and guard Evan Turner.
The Celtics are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will have the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30.
Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.