With the NBA trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Boston Celtics are sticking to their stance that they feel good about their current team. .

That's a good thing, because it's starting to look more and more like the C's don't have much of a choice.

Boston isn't in position where a role player here or there will catapult them into the upper echelon teams in the NBA.

They need to add a difference-maker, which is exactly what Danny Ainge has spent the past few days trying to acquire.

However, the players that would indeed fit that description for Boston -- Atlanta's Josh Smith for example -- appear to be headed elsewhere.

A league source told CSNNE.com that the Milwaukee Bucks have emerged as the strongest suitor for Smith's services.

The Bucks will look to unload Monta Ellis, but a source anticipated the Hawks might want a trade package to also include Larry Sanders who is one of the most improved players in the NBA this season.

Phoenix is another team that has some players that might fit in well in Boston.

Specifically, center Martin Gortat.

A deal that would send Brandon Bass-for-Gortat works money-wise, but it doesn't appear to be enough to entice the Suns. Boston could possibly add Fab Melo to such a deal, but that probably wouldn't be enough either.

As you go through the various scenarios involving difference-making players who might be available, it appears as though most teams have more to offer than Boston, whose efforts to swing a deal are challenged significantly by them having three players out with season-ending injuries.

There were a number of minor trades made on Wednesday, but there's still a considerable amount of attention being paid to Boston to see what kind of major deal, if any, they can pull off.