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Celtics should hold off on Omer Asik trade

Strangely, the Celtics are in a comfortable position 27 games into what was tabbed a rebuilding season. The players have built so much chemistry, so much closeness under new coach Brad Stevens that anything short of a no-brainer trade really isn’t necessary, unless team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is just bored.

The Celtics own nine first-round picks over the next five seasons, salary cap space potentially for two maximum contracts after the 2014-15 season, and have time to determine whether Rajon Rondo will be a long-term cornerstone when he returns from knee surgery next month.

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