Danny Ainge laughs off rumors
Steve Bulpett / Celtics Notebook
WASHINGTON – For what it’s worth, Danny Ainge seemed genuinely
perplexed yesterday at further reports the Celtics are
trying to trade Ray Allen.
The general manager laughed at a couple of the rumors and was trying to
understand how some that have been knocked down from both sides
continue to get play.
Ainge repeatedly has put off questions about the coming offseason and how much change there could be in the C’s roster, but he was pointed with regard to the current campaign.
“Let me just put it this way: We’re doing everything we can to win a championship now,” Ainge said. “We’re not going to do anything that might hurt our chances of winning.
“There’s no question we need to play better, but we’re not going to panic.”
There is no question the Celtics players don’t seem as sure of themselves after squandering leads in recent losses to good teams, but they are quick to point out they haven’t had their full rotation together this season.
Barring any further injuries, that could be accomplished if, as the Celts hope, Marquis Daniels makes it back next week from left thumb surgery.
With the trade deadline Feb. 18, the Celts still are checking out the marketplace to see what might become available. They do have an available roster spot and are seeing if anyone of value gets bought out or placed on the trading block.
According to one opposing general manager who has spoken with the Celts recently, “I’m pretty sure they’re going to be looking at a lot of things in the summer, but for now Danny doesn’t want to do anything that doesn’t make them better right away.”