With Kevin Garnett proclaiming during All-Star weekend that he still likes the injury-riddled roster of the Celtics, it appears that general manager Danny Ainge is taking a hint but also keeping his options open.
Boston's balancing line of fortifying core for playoffs -- while still pursuing the major deals (Josh Smith) that would overhaul franchise.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2013
Based off Wednesday's trade rumors, the Celtics are seeking guard help to make a playoff push, and CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson is a target. Henderson is averaging 13 points per game and shooting a healthy 39.6 percent from three-point range for Charlotte this season.
Despite signing former lottery pick and wing Terrence Williams on Wednesday, Boston is continuing to look for ways to shore up a backcourt that lost Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa to ACL injuries. Rookie 7' center Fab Melo is on the trading block for that very purpose, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Melo has played in just three games for Boston this season. Most of his time has been spent in the D-League, where earlier this season he recorded a record 14 blocks in one game.
The T-Wolves have been uneasy about keeping second-year forward Derrick Williams, who they selected No. 2 in the 2011 draft behind only Kyrie Irving. And with the Utah Jazz wanted to shed either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, Minnesota has used Williams as a trade chip.
Though he has underachieved and struggled to score as a perimeter-oriented combo forward, Williams would provide Utah with a less expensive and younger forward. For the Timberwolves, Millsap would need to find a role alongside Kevin Love after his eventual return.
Though the Phoenix Suns seemingly don't have much to offer, they are apparently still in the Josh Smith sweepstakes. Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets are three names to watch as the Atlanta Hawks look to make a blockbuster deal.
A brief rumor that the Suns would send center Marcin Gortat and small forward P.J. Tucker to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kendrick Perkins, rookie wing Jeremy Lamb and a pick is apparently just talk, according to The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro. However, Phoenix could deal veteran role players Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors or Jermaine O'Neal to the New York Knicks.