As was the case over the past five years, the Boston Celtics are once again active participants on the trade market.
However, this time they’re selling instead of buying. A championship is far, far away, and getting back to the top as quickly as possible hinges on Danny Ainge’s ability to exchange players on his roster for pieces that will help down the line.
The good news is that the Celtics have several veterans who’re playing well right now, and any team looking to contend in the short-term could use them.
It’s been said that Boston would be willing to trade any player on the team, and that’s true. But it’s highly unlikely any of the homegrown youngsters (Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger) would be involved in a deal that didn’t bring back a second All-Star to pair with Rondo.
That trade doesn’t appear to be out there, so for the purposes of this article we’ll stick with the veterans: The more realistic names who'll pop up on every other business call Ainge conducts. They're ranked on the likelihood they're playing for another team after February's trade deadline.