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Danny Ainge with a clear message for potential trade partners


Any true Celtics fan knows what Brad Stevens' ideal lineup would look like. The starting (and game-closing) five would all be in the neighborhood of 6'8", with the ability to score, in addition to the tenacity to defend any opponent of any size. 

Brad is not alone when one of his shorter players gets caught in a mismatch down low. We cringe right along with him. That is why the Boston faithful may never see Isaiah Thomas back in Beantown - and why Kemba Walker is often included in trade rumors.

The NBA Trade Deadline hits on March 25, and Danny Ainge has made it known that he is looking for "shooting with size"  via the Trade Exception. I have written recently on 6'8" wings, Aaron Gordon and Harrison Barnes being near-perfect targets to fill that need.

The Magic's Gordon is currently out of action with an injury, and Barnes may be available from a Kings team that appears to be going nowhere this season. Either wing would be a nice fit in Boston, but I personally lean towards Harrison Barnes. 

So don't look for Danny to pick up a 6'3" shooting guard (J J Redick) or 6'4" point guard (George Hill). Prior to Ainge's statement about needing "shooting with size", I broached both Harrison and Aaron as potential trade targets. Rest assured that Ainge, at very least, will inquire about them.

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