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What sort of moves have the Boston Celtics made at the trade deadline historically over the last decade? We might not be able to tell as much about what that could mean for the future given the previous decade’s transactions took place under the tenure of previous President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.

But we could still glean something about what might be coming down the pike for new team president Brad Stevens’ front office given a fair amount of the voices in the room remained the same for the Celtics in the transition.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at whether Boston made major, medium, minor or no moves around the NBA trade deadline over the course of the last 10 years with a little help from the CLNS Media “Celtics Lab” podcast Twitter account.

2020-21 trade deadline

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This was one of the most active deadlines in recent Celtics history given the salaries moving from team to team.

Swapping Jeff Teague for Evan Fournier and Javonte Green and Daniel Theis for Luke Kornet and Moe Wagner may have been a net-equal series of moves from a talent perspective.

But despite what we know about how it would play out, this was definitely a major move at the deadline — if not a blockbuster deal.

Assessment: Major trade deadline move

2019-20 trade deadline

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Absolutely nothing of note happened at this deadline.

In fact, the only trades which happened in this entire season were at its start, sending Aaron Baynes to the Phoenix Suns, and the sign-and-trade that would swap Terry Rozier for Kemba Walker.

That of course makes this one pretty easy to grade out.

Assessment: NO trade deadline move

2018-19 trade deadline

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While the Celtics did get draft assets in return for moving on from Bird, this deadline was entirely uneventful from a team-building point of view.

The conditional second was a fake draft asset created more to satisfy league rules than it was to create value of some kind.

And the Bird trade was to remove a bad situation regarding the young wing’s personal life from the rest of the roster that season.

Assessment: Minor trade deadline move

2017-18 trade deadline

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Once again, no trade deadline transactions to report.

If you squint VERY hard, you could perhaps consider signing free agent big man Greg Monroe a trade deadline transaction, but that doesn’t change our assessment much.

This was nearly as dead of a deadline as they come, even with the team bringing Moose onto the roster.

Assessment: Minor trade deadline move

2016-17 trade deadline

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Yet another deadline that passed without a whiff of action on the trade front.

In fact, the only trade that occurred in the league calendar year that season was the trade that saw Boston flip the pick used to draft Markelle Fultz for Jayson Tatum.

A massive deal by all accounts — but not at the deadline this season.

Assessment: NO trade deadline move

2015-16 trade deadline

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Yet another season without a trade deadline deal despite the team being in a rebuild.

There were trades at the start of the season (Chris Babb and Gerald Wallace for David Lee, draft assets for Perry Jones and Zoran Dragic) as well as at the end of it (Deyonta Davis and Rade Zagorac for draft assets).

But none within a month or two of the deadline.

Assessment: NO trade deadline move

2014-15 trade deadline

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Hold onto your hat for a second here — this one is a wild ride.

Boston trading Brandan Wright for draft assets, dealing Jeff Green for Tayshaun Prince, Austin Rivers, and draft assets, exchanging Prince for GiGi Datome and Jonas Jerebko, trading Jameer Nelson for Nate Robinson, AND dealing Rivers for Shavlik Randolph, Chris Douglas-Roberts and draft assets, then flipping Marcus Thornton and Prince for Isaiah Thomas, GiGi Datome, and Jonas Jerebko could hardly be anything less than a major-moves trade deadline.

And that’s not even including moving on from champion Celtic Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell to the Dallas Mavericks for Jae Crowder, Nelson, and Wright that December.

Assessment: Major trade deadline move

2013-14 trade deadline

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This season was not busy on the trade front by any means but did have a handful for us to consider.

In January, we saw the Cs flip Courtney Lee and draft assets for Jarryd Bayless and old friend Ryan Gomes (who was then waived), and then later that month swapped out MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford for Joel Anthony and draft assets.

This one almost rose to a medium-moves deadline but doesn’t quite involve the level of player we’d call such.

Assessment: Minor trade deadline moves

2012-13 trade deadline

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Still technically in the era of contention in which the 2008 banner had been hung, this season was really the last gasp of that core — and the beginning of the current contention arc on the far end.

This deadline only saw Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins exchanged for Jordan Crawford.

There were early- and late-season deals as well, but no others close to the February deadline.

Assessment: Minor trade deadline move

2011-12 trade deadline

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In full-on contention under the 2008 title core in the last real season of contention, there were only two trades anywhere near the deadline.

They took place well ahead of it, but we’ll include it for comprehensiveness, including trading Albert Miralles for Keyon Dooling and draft assets, and then Glen Davis and Von Wafer for Brandon Bass.

Both took place in early December, but can be thought of as proactive deadline deals if you want them to be so.

Assessment: Medium trade deadline moves

Assessing the decade with an eye to the future

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While it again can’t be stressed enough what sort of trade deadline new team president Brad Stevens will pull off, across a decade of Celtics basketball, we have seen a fairly conservative club make mostly minor or even no moves more often than not despite the moniker “Trader” Danny Ainge sports.

Across the last decade, Boston has made major moves at the deadline only twice (in 2020-21 and 2014-14), medium-sized moves once (in 2011-12), and minor moves just slightly more often in four seasons (2012-13, 2013-14, 2017-18, and 2018-19) than seasons with no trade deadline moves (2015-16, 2016-17, and 2019-20), which happened three seasons in the last decade.

Based on these returns, we can see that minor moves around the margins are the predominant mid-season intervention, with the situations leading to the need for major moves predictably scarce.

The context of each individual season of course has at least as much to do with decisions being made by the team as its historical tendencies at this time of year do if not more.

But fans of the team shouldn’t be surprised if the Celtics make small tweaks or even sit pat as they get their ducks in a row for a bigger move this offseason — particularly with history as a guide.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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