Thomsen: Dream scenario for Ainge is staying put


Thomsen: Dream scenario for Ainge is staying put

The trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Celtics are always at least involved in talks.

Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen joined Lou Merloni to talk about what Danny Ainge's "dream scenario" would be - and the answer may surprise you.

No, it's not Rajon Rondo for Dwight Howard. Or Kevin Garnett to the Clippers. Or Fab Melo for Kyrie Irving (OK, that's actually a dream). Thomsen's idea of Ainge's dream scenario is . . . do nothing.

"I actually think that the dream scenario is that they do nothing. Because this is a dream come true what's happened the last three weeks," Thomsen said. "Because they are playing so well without Rajon Rondo. The value of the players that they've already invested in is growing. And by the end of the year if they keep playing like this, these guys are going to be worth so much more individually than they were at the start of the year or even the first couple of months when they really looked like they were underperforming. He can go into this summer and have a lot more to trade this summer or next year than he ever thought he would have."

Will Ainge get the itch? Or will he hold out for the rest of the season and reevaluate things?

We'll fine out soon enough.

Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls


Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls

BOSTON – Change is an inevitable when it comes to NBA rosters.

Just as the Boston Celtics significantly altered the outlook many had for them this season by signing Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract, they face a Chicago Bulls team tonight that has also undergone significant change.

The Bulls traded away one favorite son (Derrick Rose) and went about adding another in Dwyane Wade.

In addition to Wade, Chicago also signed former Celtic All-Star Rajon Rondo to join a team headlined by All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

As easy as it could have been to worry about the struggles they had in disposing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics knew they had to immediately turn the page and shift their focus towards a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking to start its season with a quality win over the Celtics.

“They’re a good team. They have great players over there,” said Jae Crowder. “They’re trying to figure it out. They’re going to be very excited to play of course. We have to take care of business, play the way we want to play and impose our will even more.”

One of the keys to knocking off the Bulls will be to get better play from their second unit.

Boston’s backups were outscored 58-40 but more significant than that was their inability to hold off the late-charging Nets which forced head coach Brad Stevens to bring his starters back on to the floor with about two minutes to play.

Among the reasons contributing to the bench’s ineffective play on Wednesday was the fact that Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) was out.

Remember, Smart has been with the second unit for all of training camp minus the second half of their 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks.

Crowder believes not having Smart, who will be out for another week or so, was indeed a factor in the second unit’s struggles.

“They trying to figure it out on the fly,” Crowder said. “With a few days of practice and probably one tough day of practice without him. It’s tough but they’re figuring it out. There’s no other way to figure it out but in a game. They’ll figure it out as soon as possible.”