Boston Celtics All-star forward Kevin Garnett doesn’t like change but he is also used to hearing his name in possible trade rumors. So it is no surprise that Garnett isn’t allowing the current buzz of trade rumors to phrase him. As the NBA trade deadline approaching, there are sources who say that the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in Garnett in exchange for Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe. The alleged deal would benefit the Clippers more than the Celtics. Although the trade would bring Garnett to a championship contender, the Celtics forward addressed the media today stating that he wouldn’t be surprised if a deal was made but right now he is committed to Boston.
“I bleed green, I’ll die green,” said Garnett. “That’s what it is. But it is a business. When it crosses that path, I’ll deal with it. Trades are a part of this league. Every year you’re going to hear things. If I were y’all (the media), I wouldn’t read too much into it.”
Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract, but would have the option to wave it if he found a deal to be appealing.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers waved off the rumors as being media created and nothing new.
“Sometimes some of the stuff that happens is just silly. It really is. When I wake up in the morning and I hear a trade rumor that I haven’t heard in my office, that’s silly. And that’s what happens.”
Rivers blamed reporters for reporting the rumors and in turn making them more of an issue than they really are. He also states that he likes his current roster and the way the team has come together after losing Rajon Rondo and rookie Jared Sullinger for the year. The team has won four straight games and underachieving players like Jeff Green and Courtney Lee have been major contributors.
The current play of the Celtics may stall any moves Danny Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, makes. Right now Celtic fans will continue to root for KG and KG will continue on as a Celtic.
The NBA trading deadline is Feb. 21.