It would be a shame to see the trade exception go to waste. It was a big piece to the trade last summer that sent KG and Pierce to Brooklyn. It wasn't the best thing about the deal, but it's something that can help the Celtics, and if not used by Ainge. It will go down as a big miss.
The exception will expire on Saturday and according to Danny Ainge, no deal is near completion.
But a viable option for the Celtics in using the exception may be Indiana's Lance Stephenson.
An unrestricted free agent, Stephenson has already turned down a five-year deal worth $44 million to return to the Pacers. He is apparently seeking a deal with a starting salary of at least $10 million.
And according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Celtics are among the teams interested in Stephenson.
However, recent history dictates that the Celtics will most likely let the trade exception expire.
"Most trade exceptions go by the wayside," Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics' 96-77 summer league loss on Monday to of all teams, the Indiana Pacers. "They aren't utilized."
Cleveland and Toronto each received $14.5 million trade exceptions in sign-and-trade deals that sent LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami in 2010. Both teams allowed the exceptions to expire without using them.
"People aren't giving away players you want," Ainge said. "We'll continue to explore that and see if there's anything there that peaks our interest."
I love Danny's statement about teams not giving up players. I feel like saying? Well you do Ainge! The Celtics summer for me has been unsuccessful. Yes we got two young players in this years draft that have great potential. But I'm not sold on them as franchise changing players, which is okay. I still see Smart as the Rondo getaway plan.