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Saturday, 20 February 2016 01:53

Danny Ainge claims Celtics were left at the altar on NBA Blockbuster Trade, Kelly Olynyk out 3-4 Weeks

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Danny Ainge dropped a bombshell half story a day after not making aby moves at the trade deadline. Meanwhile, Kelly Olynyk is out 3-to-4 weeks with his shoulder injury.

As basketball twitter went to bed Thursday evening, the story out of the Celtics corner of the world was that Danny Ainge had a few conversations about some trades, but nothing worth remembering came to fruition.

Then Ainge went on WBZ Radio Friday morning and claimed that he was about to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade before the other team backed out ahead of the trade deadline. Ainge only divulged that he was left at the altar, ready to slide the Nets pick onto the finger of a lucky GM with an anonymous star ready to go to Boston.

“One story I probably can share with you is – I can’t tell you the team or the name – but it was very close,” Ainge told Toucher & Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “It’s something that we had been deliberating on for two days straight. The other team was doing that and we were wrapping ourselves around a big package to do a deal. And at the very last minute, they just said they did not want to do it. They just backed out.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Adam Kauffman repoted that in an interview with Ainge, the Celtics’ Director of Basketball Operations indicated that the deal was not previously rumored, meaning it supposedly was not a trade for Al Hoford, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins or Kevin Love.

His statement comes less than 24 hours after a conference call with Celtics beat reporters in which Ainge fielded many questions that would’ve merited this type of response. But Ainge is a shrewd diplomat who is nearly qualified to replace John Kerry in the next administration. Rather than reveal this major story while on the phone with every beat writer in Boston, Ainge waited until he was in a controlled interview on the radio, where time constraints and other factors would prevent a bombardment of follow up questions.

It is the second time this season that Ainge has publicly acknowledged that the Celtics were on the verge of making a significant trade. After the draft in June, Ainge implied that a Celtics offer of four draft picks was turned down on draft night for what has presumed to be a deal with the Charlotte Hornets to acquire the ninth pick and draft Miami Heat swingman Justise Winslow.

"We were willing to do one deal and it just didn't happen," Ainge said of Thursday’s anonymous trade. "Both teams weren't ready to go. And it was a really tough, close deal. And it was certainly not a no-brainer. There was risk on both sides' part. But at the end of the day both teams were not ready to do it."

If there’s any further indication of the size and scope of the trade, it would be in the comparison Ainge used to the drawn out negotiations that built the last championship team.

"Before we got Kevin Garnett it was something that we talked about for two years, so you just never know what might happen later.”

Well if Ainge wanted to keep the Celtics hype train pushing forward, that’s one hell of a way to kick start the engine.

Kelly Olynyk out 3 to 4 weeks with shoulder subluxation

Kelly Olynyk will be out at least another two weeks with a subluxed right shoulder. Olynyk, who has been one of the league’s best bench players since the beginning of December, suffered a right shoulder subluxation in the Celtics’ thrilling 139-134 overtime win over the Clippers before the All-Star break when DeAndre Jordan crashed down into Olynyk’s shoulder on a pump fake.

“I’m probably [going to] be out three-to-four weeks and see what happens,” he said. “I think there’s a little bit of separation there too; partial. Treatment, strengthen it; it should be alright.”

Ainge told reporters Thursday he will likely be out at least two weeks, while Olynyk’s three-to-four week timeline apparently includes the nine days that have elapsed since the injury.

“I don’t even know exactly what it was. It wasn’t structural or anything,” the Manbun said. “It was just kinda there. Soreness, yeah. I don know, maybe it’ll help out. Maybe (his return) is three (weeks) from now, four from the injury. Was it a week ago? Something like that. Hopefully sooner. Just see hot it feels, day-to-day basically.”

The clock is ticking on his return, as Olynyk’s elite shooting over the past two months has been a crucial factor in the Celtics’ run to the upper echelon of the league. A long layoff with an injury to his shooting shoulder will without a doubt leave a lot of rust on the parquet floor. Olynyk will likely have a little over a month in the regular season to get his stroke back for the playoffs. He’ll also need that time to get his ManBun back.

Olynyk went back to Vancouver to get his hair cut, which isn’t even long enough to form his now legendary ManBun.

“Yeah, man. First haircut in a long time,” he said. “Went back to the Loops back home so I got to see my girl, get a haircut. I’ve only gotten a haircut from her since like 7th grade. So I’ve never got my hair cut in the U.S. I was back, so I had to do it. She does a good job up there.”

Ironically, the injury is what is keeping the ManBun down.

“I haven’t really tried (a bun) yet,” he said. “I can’t get my shoulder up high enough. I might have to hire a personal stylist. … That’s pretty short, right? I told her to take a few inches off and she took two off. Then I was like, I don’t know when I’m going to be back again. It was pretty long before the break. It was pretty long.”

While Celtics Nation prays for the shoulder to heal so that the ManBun can return, it will be interesting to watch Jonas Jerebko continue to fill Olynyk’s role.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss is the Celtics Locker Room Reporter and Host of The Garden Report: Celtics Post Game Show on Celtics Blog and CLNS Radio. J Weiss hosts The Block Party on Thursday nights at 8 PM and enjoys long walks on the beach while watching Rajon Rondo game footage. You can reach J Weiss at JWeiss@clnsradio.com and @CLNS_JaredWeiss.