Found February 22, 2013 on NESN.com:
Many Celtics fans were relieved Thursday at 3 p.m. when the NBA trade window closed and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had not been dealt away. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, in a rare move, decided to play his current hand rather than trading key pieces for the promise of youth, a future or salary cap space. It hasn’t always been so, though, and the thought of losing Garnett and Pierce had many people thinking back to the last time Ainge pulled the trigger in a big way. In 2011, Ainge dealt Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal that brought Jeff Green to Boston. It was a sensible trade, considering Perkins’ injury history and that the Celtics would have been unlikely to retain him and the contract he commanded. But sensible still doesn’t help Boston fans who know that the C’s haven’t been able to break through in the Finals since Perkins left, and that the Celtics’ biggest need continues to be the lack of a big man. Rajon Rondo has commente...
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