NBA teams have until February 7 to make any trades for the remainder of the season.There have already been a few surprising deals struck throughout
NBA teams have until February 7 to make any trades for the remainder of the season.
There have already been a few surprising deals struck throughout the campaign, most notably Jimmy Butler leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Philadelphia 76ers.
But there are still a number of teams looking to strike a deal to help their playoff chances now or looking towards the future with draft picks.
Boston have struggled to replicate the regular season form from last year while the Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers and 76ers have all proved a strong challenge.
The Eastern Conference looks wide open for any one of the top five teams to reach the NBA Finals and they may try to strike a deal before the deadline to improve their chances even further.
The Celtics have been long linked with a move for Anthony Davis, although a trade this season would require them to move Kyrie Irving.
Alternatively, they can wait until the summer when Irving is expected to re-sign with the Celtics and then they will be able to try for Davis without including the point guard in any package.
And Ainge has suggested that will more likely be the case as he doesn’t expect to make any deals.
“I don’t feel a need to have to do something,” Ainge said.
“I like every guy on our team. I like our roster.
“There will be conversations, obviously.
“Every year it happens with every team.
“But we’ll only do something that makes sense.”
The Celtics have suffered back-to-back defeats to the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic respectively.
And they will be hoping to return to winning ways tonight when they take on the Brooklyn Nets.