Speaking to reporters in Waltham, Mass., at a team news conference Tuesday morning, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge declined to address a report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that Boston had offered shooting guard Ray Allen and point guard Rajon Rondo to the Detroit Pistons.
Ainge said the Celtics have had discussions about trades, but he predicted that nothing will happen that involves one of the team's stars. Here's what he had to say about Rondo, who had been at the center of all kinds of trade speculation lately:
"We love Rajon and I'm not going to comment on which rumors are true or not true. We love this kid and I don't anticipate trading any core."
If the Celtics do make a personnel move, Ainge indicated that it would be to add a veteran player, and not to move up in Thursday's NBA Draft, where the Celtics hold only a late second-round pick. He said the draft was one of the worst in memory in terms of overall talent.