Thursday night's NBA Draft involved a plethora of multi-team trades, one of them involving the Boston Celtics. GM Danny Ainge decided to trade the twenty-fifth overall pick in the draft, Providence guard Marshon Brooks, to the New Jersey Nets for Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson, the No. 27 overall selection and a 2014 second-round pick.
Even though Ainge and the Celtics were active on the trade front, no trades involved the Celtics core of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo. According to Comcast SportsNet New England's A. Sherrod Blakely, Ainge was "never close" to trading any of the Big Four.
We heard earlier this week that Ainge would be open to trading anyone on the aging roster, including Rondo. With players such as Chris Paul and Dwight Howard set to hit the free agent market next offseason, the Celtics might look to clear some cap space in order to afford at least one big name. As it stands now, it appears the Big Four will be around for at least one more season.