LOS ANGELES -- Rapid reaction after the Boston Celtics stood idle at the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday:
YOU GOT NOTHING!
Scream it like Robert De Niro in "The Untouchables" -- the trade deadline lapsed Thursday and the Celtics got nothing ("You got nothing!"). After making two trades in January, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge had stressed that he felt no pressure to make a move Thursday, and the Celtics appear to have set high price tags on their available talent. The Celtics can still navigate a roster overhaul this summer with fewer obstacles and more definitiveness, since they'll know then what they’ve added through the draft before diving into roster construction in July.
Maybe the only real downside to keeping the roster intact is that Boston was unable to clear the lingering logjam at power forward. Celtics coach Brad Stevens admitted Wednesday that rookie Kelly Olynyk's recent play is deserving of more court time, but Stevens will have to continue to manage minutes between Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass and Kris Humphries. A healthy Vitor Faverani could also benefit from some additional NBA floor time, though he can still get game reps in the D-League because the Maine Red Claws (Boston's D-League affiliate) are active through early April.
SPOT TO FILL
The Celtics still have one open roster spot and enough room under the tax line to add another body before the end of the season. The team could examine the buyout scrap heap, or simply look for an intriguing young talent to carry through the offseason on a nonguaranteed deal. If injuries continue to linger on a thinned roster, Boston could ponder a 10-day deal that would also serve as a bit of an audition.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
For 72 hours we heard all sorts of speculation about teams that lusted over Rajon Rondo, and then the deadline passed without so much as a whimper out of Boston. Ainge had noted on the radio Thursday that the Rondo rumors had no substance. You get the feeling the Celtics examined all potential options but were never particularly enticed by what they found. With a firm desire to make a move only if it was a landslide win for the team, the Celtics were content to let the deadline lapse and tackle the final 27 games with what they’ve got.
* Note: Brad Stevens will address the media here at the team’s hotel at 5 p.m. ET.