Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he's had no discussions with the Charlotte Bobcats about a rumored deal that centered around a swap of Celtics forward Glen Davis and Charlotte guard D.J. Augustin.
Making his weekly appearance on WEEI 850 AM radio in Boston, Ainge shot down one of the many rumors that has begun to swirl as the NBA trade deadline of Feb. 18 approaches.
"We haven't had any discussions with Charlotte," Ainge said. "There was some speculation that they were looking for a four [power forward], and we were looking for a backup point guard. People try to put things together. We have had no discussions. I like the player in the trade [Augustin], but we like Glen Davis a lot too."
Regarding a potential deal involving Ray Allen, Ainge stressed teams are interested because of the value in expiring contracts (Allen is making $19.7 million in the final year of his deal), but seemed to caution against expecting the Celtics to make a big-splash move, even with the team's recent struggles. Boston (32-17) is 9-12 since beating the Magic in Orlando on Christmas Day.
"I think a trade is one way to fix it, if it's a trade that helps you," said Ainge. "I think that, first of all, health is going to fix [our struggles]. Our guys are going to get more healthy as the year goes on, I've been saying that, and I still believe that. I don't know what we're going to be able to do from a trade standpoint -- trades are very difficult to do in the NBA right now.
"We're going to try to do something. I feel like we need to do something. It might be something very small -- tweak the personality of our team."
Later Ainge added: "I'll know more by this time next week, if there's anything we can do to win better this year and still not hurt us down the road. So I'm exploring, those are the only kind of deals I'd consider doing right now. Right now, I'm not ready to blow it up. [Maybe] if there was a very intriguing young player, but those are not available."
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.