Celtics 'haven't lost hope' in making trades

Celtics 'haven't lost hope' in making trades
June 27, 2014, 2:45 pm
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It was uncharacteristically quiet in the Celtics' war room on draft night, as the team did not make any trades.

It certainly wasn't due to lack of effort. The C's had reportedly been interested in trading for a superstar, trading up in the draft, and trading down in the draft. Instead, they didn't trade anything. They made their picks at No. 6 and No. 17 - Marcus Smart and James Young.

Speaking on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich Show on Friday, Ainge noted that while the team didn't come too close to anything Thursday night, they aren't giving up hope that they can't shoot off some fireworks later.

"We've spent time over the last month trying to make a bigger splash," Ainge said. "Trying to make our rebuilding process go a little quicker. We'll continue to do that throughout the summer. But no it was not close [Thursday] night. But we feel like we have been in some good discussions and haven't lost hope in that."

Ainge and Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck would rather add proven talent rather than strictly going through the NBA Draft. But they didn't have a choice in the matter Thursday night, and instead took two players that Ainge feels were both in the top 10.

"I don't have expectations of them turning around our franchise," Ainge said, "but I do believe that they're guys that can play a major role in a successful team as they mature and as they develop."