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Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein. CSNNE.com

May 15, 2015 Updates

A Chicago-Boston deal involving Gibson and Avery Bradley would probably at least spark some initial talks. The Celtics need a little more force on defense from someone in their big-man rotation, and they’ll have a glut of perimeter players once James Young earns playing time. But Gibson’s age and Danny Ainge’s well-known love for Bradley — he turned down a first-round pick for Bradley at the trade deadline, per league sources — would likely scuttle any such deal. Grantland

May 14, 2015 Updates

Ainge also talked about how the Celtics had the assets to make trades for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007, but were unable to do so in 2012 when James Harden became available. "We want to stay in the game until we can do something significant," said Ainge. RealGM

May 11, 2015 Updates

Pierce laughs at the picks the Nets surrendered (three first-rounders and a Celts’ right to swap opening round places in 2017). Less than two years later, Garnett and Terry had been traded and Pierce had left as a free agent. “I’m not even thinking about their situation,” said the 10-time All-Star. “I put all that behind me now. It’s all about where I am now. They’ve got to deal with that.” Boston Herald

"Obviously I wish I could have just finished up in Boston, but who knows if I’d even be playing still?” Pierce said. “If I’d stayed in Boston, that next year (2013-14) could have been my last, the end of that last contract. You know I wanted to finish my career there, but I understand in this day and time how much of a business it is. It was definitely a tough year for me down there in Brooklyn. “I definitely can understand what Danny did from a business aspect. They’re transitioning into a new generation, a new era, and they’re trying to build for the future.” Boston Herald

May 5, 2015 Updates

The Celtics canvassed the league last year looking for a team willing to give up a disgruntled star, but there were none available, and there are not likely to be many available this summer, either. They might pursue, say, DeMarcus Cousins or Chandler Parsons should the Kings or Mavericks begin a deconstruction, but it is unlikely either of those guys gets moved in the end. One of the consequences of the coming salary cap explosion is that teams that might otherwise be wringing their hands over a potential luxury tax hit — the Warriors, Bulls, Clippers and Thunder, for instance — figure to be more willing to absorb the blow with knowledge that it’s a one-year indulgence. So players that might otherwise be on the market — Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, Enes Kanter, etc. — aren’t likely to leave their current teams, nor are those teams finding it necessary to trade players to clear space to keep them. The Celtics have cap space available and Danny Ainge will continue to burn up phone lines trying to find a feature player, but don’t expect him to come up with anything just yet. Sporting News

There might be some slippage on defense, but Houston has done fine on that end with Jason freaking Terry, and it has the trade assets to entice Denver: the Pelicans’ pick in this draft, plus two young bigs in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas.4 But don’t count out the Celtics just because they have Thomas — a warning that should apply to lots of teams with established starting point guards. Lawson is really good, and Denver’s thinning trade market presents opportunity for a surprise suitor to strike. Denver will need a point guard if it deals Lawson,5 and the Celtics acquired Thomas in part because his cheapo contract is so easy to trade. Grantland

May 4, 2015 Updates

Rondo averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his 46 regular-season appearances for the Mavs. He then played just 37 total minutes in the playoffs before exiting Game 2 with a back injury, leaving the team shortly after that while seeking additional medical opinions. Still, according to team president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks wouldn’t hesitate to make the trade again in order to increase their odds of securing a second title in franchise history. “That was definitely something worth pulling the trigger on,” Nelson explained. “In our opinion, that was kind of the one piece that was missing. … We’ve had a history of doing well with pass-first point guards. Sometimes, when things are written down on paper, they look great. When things are going into the oven, they feel great. And a lot of times, when it comes out, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It was one of those things that in our estimation certainly wasn’t risk-free, but it was certainly worth the risk. If we would’ve had to do it all over again, we would’ve pulled the trigger again.” mavs.com

May 1, 2015 Updates

The Kings want to make a playoff run next season with DeMarcus Cousins as the centerpiece of the franchise, league sources told CSNCalifornia.com. The Celtics reportedly have significant interest in Cousins and are expected to utilize their bevy of draft picks to secure the 6-foot-11 center from Sacramento, according to an ESPN report. CSNBayArea.com

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