Celtics Trade Rumors Tracker: Latest Updates Ahead of NBA Trade Deadline

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Celtics Trade Rumors Tracker: Latest Updates Ahead of NBA Trade Deadline
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The Boston Celtics are hanging on to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference by a thread as the 2013 NBA trade deadline approaches.

February 21, the deadline, is the target date for Boston to get something accomplished on the trade front. There are some rumblings swirling, but nothing has gained any steam as Boston continues to play good but inconsistent basketball.

Star point guard Rajon Rondo recently went down with a season-ending ACL injury, but the C's have responded by winning four straight games in his absence. Rondo wasn’t the only player to go down for Doc Rivers’ team recently. Rookie big man Jared Sullinger went down a few days later after having back surgery to repair persistent back spasms.

Will this be the year that Celtics GM Danny Ainge dismantles the core of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce? That duo has done so much for the Celtics franchise that it’s hard to fathom seeing them depart in free agency. That’s especially true because, despite the injuries and loss of Rondo and Sullinger, the team is still winning and looks competitive.

Ainge has some tough decisions to make before Feb. 21. If the team holds onto a playoff seed until then, will he opt to keep his squad intact and hope a late-season resurgence will carry the team to postseason success?

Or is this a team that is destined to be outclassed in the playoffs? Would breaking them up now and getting some key rebuilding pieces in place be the best option?

The Celtics' need for some help at point guard will put them right in the center of plenty of rumors and speculation until the deadline passes. Let's take a look at some of the latest rumors that are out there, as well as their plausibility.

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