The Boston Celtics have not executed an in-season trade for six years when they acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns. Only the San Antonio Spurs have a longer drought of not doing an in-season trade.
Boston had a run of trades sending out Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in which they clearly won the deal, which may have led them to only seek those level of wins in their discussions with other teams.
"They'll only do something," the West executive said, "if they think they're going to bury you."
The Celtics no longer have a deep queue of future draft picks, which limits their capacity to make a major move.