BOSTON -- There's no truth to the rumor that the Celtics are looking to trade Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine and J.R. Giddens.
A recent ESPN report said that the Celtics have had discussions with the Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers and as part of a three-team deal, Sacramento would receive Allen and Scalabrine, along with Samuel Dalembert from the 76ers, the 76ers would obtain Giddens and Kenny Thomas from the Kings, while the Celtics would get the Kings' Andres Nocioni, but Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said today on WEEI that those rumors are false.
"In the media, there are people that are more concerned with breaking news than writing truth and writing real history," Ainge said when asked about the trade rumor. "It's a competition of who breaks the story first and I have a feeling that there are people with motives trying to get their player traded from another team. That's how this story got out."
While the Celtics would love to have another player as talented as Nocioni (11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds), a one-time All-Star, on their roster (he is a career 37 percent shooter from the 3-point line and solid rebounder), Nocioni's contract is too big for the Celtics to take on.
He singed a five-year, $38 million contract in July of 2007 and has nearly three years and $21 million remaining on that deal.
The Celtics still have to decide whether to re-sign Ray Allen this summer and Paul Pierce has a player option at the end of the year and could look to renegotiate his contract. The Celtics have already committed $55 million to Rajon Rondo over the next five years.