Thursday , Feb , 14 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics Preparing for a Deal?

Dallas’ Devean George has blocked the trade of Jason Kidd to the Mavericks for the time being, but league sources said late last night that there is still hope the move can be worked out. If so, it would be the latest play in the Western Conference game of high stakes poker. Phoenix saw the Lakers’ pickup of Pau Gasol and raised them a Shaquille O’Neal, and now the Mavericks are trying to get into it. ‘I think you’re seeing a pattern of teams that have some hard decisions to make,’ Danny Ainge, the Celtics director of basketball operations, said before his team’s 111-103 win over the Knicks  lastnight. ‘There are teams that are reshuffling the deck and teams that are trying to win now.’ Having done the former, Ainge believes the Celtics are well equipped to do the latter. But with the NBA trade deadline a week from today, he isn’t throwing his cell phone into the Charles. Click here for more from the Boston Herald.