Ainge eyed Stoudemire, Martin

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on Boston sports radio WEEI (850 AM) Friday that the team pursued deals to acquire big-name players including Kevin Martin from Sacramento, Amare Stoudemire from Phoenix, and Caron Butler from Washington, before landing Nate Robinson from the Knicks.

"We did talk about getting Stoudemire," Ainge said. "I got a sense [Phoenix wasn't] getting the things they wanted. I think they would have moved him, but I think they like Amare. He's a terrific player and they didn't get what they wanted."

He said he had discussions with the Kings about Martin, who ended up going to Houston. "Yes, we did have interest and discussions," he said.

He said the Celtics were looking in several directions, trying to find a fit as they head into the second half of the season and make a playoff push.

"We had some wish-list players, but they weren't available," Ainge added. He said that many of the trade rumors reported in the media were off base, and several of the deals he was actually working on weren't picked up by reporters.

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