BOSTON -- When the Toronto Raptors made the trade to acquire Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic, many questioned why the Celtics weren't able to pull off such a deal. Was it because they didn't want to part with Terry Rozier as one report suggested?
No, says one league source.
The source tells CSNNE there was no Ibaka trade for the Celtics because Boston had no interest in re-signing him to a new contract after this season.
Ibaka is set to be a free agent this offseason and will likely command a contract the Celtics are unwilling to match. According to the source the Celtics were not interested in trading away assets for someone they viewed as a two-to-three- month rental.
And regarding the report that said talks between the Celtics and Magic broke down because Boston was unwilling to part with Terry Rozier, the source tells CSNNE that's not true.
With so many assets, in the form of players and draft picks, Danny Ainge's phone is expected to be one of the busiest in the league leading up to next Thursday's trade deadline. Whether all the chatter turns into an actual trade, however, is yet to be seen.
One thing seems clear. Ainge and the Celtics will will not mortgage the future for short-term gains.
On this episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast", Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles break down the Celtics closing out the Bulls and preview the next round against Washington with Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. Also, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots two picks on Friday.
- 0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Celtics defeating the Bulls 105-83, beating Chicago in 6 games to advance in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
- 6:14 - Kyle Draper and Chris Mannix preview the upcoming series against the Washington Wizards and the bad blood between the two teams.
- 10:19 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots first drafts picks, selecting DE Derek Rivers from Youngstown and OT Antonio Garcia from Troy in the 3rd round.
- 15:45 - Hear what Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley had to say after the win. Also, A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the feeling in the Celtics locker room after the win.
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards will begin their semi-final series on Sunday, April 30 at 1:00pm.
CSN will get you ready with Pregame Live at noon, and will wrap up the action on Postgame Live immediately following the game. CSN will bring you live Pregame, Halftime, and Postgame coverage for EVERY Celtics playoff game.
The complete schedule (all times Eastern)
GAME 1 -- Sunday, April 30 at Boston, 1:00PM (ABC)
GAME 2 -- Tuesday, May 2 at Boston, 8:00PM (TNT)
GAME 3 -- Thursday, May 4 at Washington, 8:00PM (ESPN)
GAME 4 -- Sunday, May 7 at Washington, 6:30PM (TNT)
xGAME 5 -- Wednesday, May 10 at Boston, TBD (TNT)
xGAME 6 -- Friday, May 12 at Washington, TBD (ESPN)
xGAME 7 -- Monday, May 15 at Boston, 8:00PM (TNT)