As the trade deadline came and went on Wednesday, Celtics GM Danny Ainge revealed that his team was very close to pulling off a blockbuster trade with a player who would have stayed in Boston for years to come. Since it fell through, Ainge refused to name the player or the other team involved but after some digging it is now known that the player was Jahlil Okafor, which definitely would have a been a big deal involving the rookie.


What a come up this would have been for Okafor. He would have went from the worst team in the league to a team in Boston fighting for a high seed in the eastern conference playoffs.

In an interview with WBZ NewsRadio’s Adam Kaufman on Friday, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge revealed Boston came “very close” to making a blockbuster deal that would have involved the team moving the Brooklyn Nets’ 2016 first-round pick.

Ainge said it was the other team who backed out, which means the Sixers wanted more for their star rookie. It is confusing from their standpoint though. They stink and are happy stinking so why not get rid of one of your best players so you can stink some more and in the process add another draft pick to the collection.

Since Boston still has the same assets to offer, don’t be surprised if they revisit this in the off season.