Not the first time Ainge has stood pat at deadline

Not the first time Ainge has stood pat at deadline
February 20, 2014, 8:30 pm
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LOS ANGELES — Danny Ainge has a well-earned reputation as a man who is not afraid to shake things up when it comes to making moves close to the NBA trade deadline.

So, you can imagine the collective slack-jawed fans and media on Thursday when the Celtics did not make a single move in the days leading up to Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

It's not like this is the first time that Ainge has not made a trade shortly before the trade deadline.

In fact, this will be the second time in the last three years that the Celtics failed to pull the trigger on such a deal.

But make no mistake about it: Ainge is always in the mood to make what he sees are good deals.

Anything that falls short of that, he's more than comfortable standing pat.

"I remember Red [Auerbach] used to always say, 'Sometimes the best deals that you make are the ones you don't make,'" Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday morning.

Only time will tell if Ainge's decision to keep this current group of Celtics intact was indeed the right call for Boston now and going forward.

Here's a recap of the February moves on the eve of the trade deadline made by the Celtics since 2003, Ainge's first season as a member of the Celtics' front office.

2014
No trade

2013
Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins to Washington for Jordan Crawford

2012
No trade

2011
*Nate Robinson, Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic

*Luke Harangody, Semih Erden to Cleveland for a future second-round pick.

*Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for a future second-round pick.

2010
*Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker to New York for Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry

2009
*Sam Cassell to the Sacramento for a future second-round pick

*Patrick O'Bryant to Toronto for a future second-round pick (from Sacramento)

2008
No trade

2007
No trade

2006
No trade**

2005
*Walter McCarty to Phoenix for a future first-round pick

*Jeri Welsch to Cleveland for a future first-round pick

*Gary Payton, Tom Gugliotta and Michael Stewart and a future first-round pick to Atlanta for Antoine Walker.

2004
*Mike James (to Detroit), Chris Mills (Atlanta), for Lindsey Hunter (from Detroit), Chucky Atkins (from Detroit) and a future first-round pick (from Detroit).

**In January of 2006, Celtics acquired Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi and Dwyane Jones from Minnesota in exchange for Marcus Banks, Mark Blount, Ricky Davis and Justin Reed.