Having already dealt Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green this season, the Boston Celtics' status as sellers has long been solidified. With a couple of veterans still hanging around and pilfering minutes from the young stars, the Celtics are expected to stay active up to next week's All-Star break.
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Celtics Agree With Suns on Trade for Thomas
Thursday, Feb. 19
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that the Celtics have made a move for Suns guard Isaiah Thomas, shipping Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick for the point guard.
Prince Reportedly Traded to Pistons
Thursday, Feb. 19
On Feb. 10, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported opposing teams are crossing their fingers that the Celtics' desperation to clear up rotation minutes would lead to a post-deadline buyout of Prince.
Bass' Past Struggles Being Held Against Him
Tuesday, Feb. 10
From a pure skill standpoint, Brandon Bass is one of the best discount trade targets on the market. He is averaging 9.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game on 47.6 percent shooting, numbers almost perfectly in line with his career numbers. A decent floor spacer and an OK defender, Bass might be the poster child for a league-average NBA big man.
He's also got a "for sale" sign stapled to his head. Since the Celtics dealt Green, Bass has been the next natural departure. Decent players on expiring contracts don't typically last long on the market—at least not ones who could probably be had for a couple of second-round picks by the deadline.
As a source told Bulpett, though, that the market hasn't been nearly as rich as some expected.
"It’s crazy," said one Western Conference source. "People have seen how well he’s played in Boston, but it’s as if they’ve backed off him because of how he played in Dallas or Orlando. I don’t get it. We don’t have a need for him right now, but whoever gets him is going to like what he can do, even if it’s just in limited minutes."
Bass struggled at times during the postseason in his previous two stops, including in 2010, when he was tethered to the bench in Orlando. On a per-minute average, however, Bass is basically the same player in the playoffs that he is during the regular season. Bass' poorest stretch of playoff basketball was actually his most extended look with the Celts in 2013.
I'd expect him to be dealt between now and the trade deadline. He's too good to hit the buyout market.
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