The Indiana Pacers got deeper.
The Philadelphia 76ers somehow found ways to get worse.
And, the Boston Celtics didn't make even the slightest peep.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you your 2014 NBA trade deadline recap.
For those of us who spent the better part of Thursday morning and afternoon with our eyes glued to our Twitter timelines, there was simply no blockbuster prize to reward us for a day of solitary confinement with our cell phones.
Sure, players moved -- several in fact. But while we started the day intrigued by the idea that star-quality players like Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol, Kevin Love and Luol Deng could be on the move, reality didn't quite measure up. We had to settle for deals involving the likes of Austin Daye, Nando de Colo, Aaron Brooks, Andre Miller and Gary Neal.
The only move that could even be considered a splash came right around the 3 p.m. deadline buzzer. The Pacers shipped former all-star and veteran forward Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round pick to the 76ers, and got back young forward Evan Turner and center Lavoy Allen.
Turner, a 25-year-old who averages 17.4 points and six rebounds, is the prize of that deal. He bolsters an Indiana (41-13) squad that already has the best record in the Eastern Conference. The 30-year-old Granger, meanwhile, averages just 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds and has been slowed in recent years by knee and leg injuries.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Philadelphia traded 25-year-old starting center Spencer Hawes (13 ppg, 8.5 rpg) to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clearly, the woeful Sixers (15-40) were in a firesale kind of mood.
That, of course, doesn't bode well for the Celtics in terms of the much-discussed "tankapalooza." It's an all-out battle to see who can be most pitiful, all in the name of prime positioning in June's draft. The 76ers are focused on giving the Milwaukee Bucks a run for their money.
The fact that Rondo, who will be 28 on Saturday, was not dealt should not really surprise anyone. He is, after all, a dynamic all-star point guard who happens to be among the best in the league at his position when healthy. Rondo is under contract through next season, so Boston would have been foolish to give him away for anything less than a big return haul. Had the Celtics traded him for less than that, it would have been a sure sign of a commitment to tanking with hopes of landing a top-three pick in the draft.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge undoubtedly took calls on the availability of Rondo. But the asking price was obviously very high. Thus, Rondo is still wearing green.
The fact that the rest of the Celtics' roster remains intact is what's far more surprising.
There was reported interest throughout the league in veteran forward Brandon Bass, an efficient and productive player who could really help a contender. One would also have to assume the same goes for veteran forward Kris Humphries, who fits the same description as Bass and also comes with an expiring contract.
Then there's forward and leading scorer Jeff Green. He's great one night, a no-show the next. With each passing day it gets less likely that Green will ever have what it takes to be the go-to, No. 1 or 2 option that the Celtics hoped he would be. He's perfectly suited to be a No. 3 player on a strong team. Apparently no contenders were interested, or they simply made laughable offers.
So here we are. The same Celtics team that took the floor Wednesday night in Phoenix will take the floor Friday night in Los Angeles. What are we to believe?
If tanking was in the plans, wouldn't Boston have done like Philly and pathetically gut the roster?
Or, if head coach Brad Stevens and the front office truly believe that the C's can squeeze out a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference and make some noise, maybe they would've improved the roster with someone like disgruntled Houston Rockets center Omer Asik.
The direction remains a mystery. We simply have no answers. One theory is that Boston will get even better offers this summer, and decisions will be made easier once the Celtics see where they stand in the draft. Perhaps the powers-that-be in Boston want two more months to evaluate the potential of individual players on the current roster.
We'll keep on guessing. But, hey, it's what's keeping this basketball season in Boston interesting.
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